January 29, 2020
The devotion for today is based on Hebrews 2:14-18 - Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” For surely, it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Life with all of its joys still has those times when life is difficult. Sometimes temptations threaten to overpower us. Sickness, accidents, and seeing loved ones suffer and even die can overwhelm us. Thank God that when facing those things, we are not alone, for Jesus understands our anguish. Everywhere he went, he saw people lost and confused, desperately in need of the healing. He experienced our temptations when he faced the devil head-on in the wilderness. He felt our grief when he wept over the death of his friend, Lazarus. And more than we can ever know, Jesus took on our suffering when he went to the cross with our sins.
Yes, Jesus knows. He knows when we're at our wits' end, and there seems to be no hope. It is then he is there with an outstretched hand, giving us comfort and hope. No matter where you're at in your life, no matter how low you might feel, Jesus understands your situation. He knows. He will get you through whatever it is you are going through. That is his promise.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, you have given your dear Son Jesus to us so that in my times of distress, I can be comforted, assured of your never-ending love. Thank you for all you do in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.