14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” -Hebrews 4:14-16
I work full-time in student ministry and one the most commonly heard phrases in the lives of our students is “You just don’t understand!” Students feel like adults, specifically their parents, just don’t understand them, their friends or their culture. Often times they’re not too far off because it has been a few years since I was in school and it has been a few decades for most of their parents.
Sometimes we feel the same way with God. We face a temptation or we face the inability to have faith over a certain situation or circumstance and if we are brave enough we put words to our thoughts and cry out “You don’t understand.” But the reality is….He does.
Jesus faced temptation just like us. Jesus was put in situations where He had to have faith in His Father. So although we sometimes try to claim that He doesn’t understand…He does.
Because we serve a God that can empathize with us, we can accept the grace He offers. We can cry out to Him when we struggle and fall in His arms for comfort, because He understands. He understands how hard it is to have faith that things are going to work out when you find yourself in the middle of a difficult situation. He understands what you feel like when you face temptation.
So cry out to Him..the Great Empathizer.