Since then we have a great high Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Have you ever had a moment in your life where you felt as though no one got you? You could’ve been going through a tough time and felt as though you were all alone, and no one else understood what you were feeling. Or, you had a moment where you were sharing a tough time with someone and they just responded, “I get it,” but deep down you knew they did not. We all have those moments.
I can recall as I was going into my sophomore year, I felt the Lord telling me to give up my scholarship, which covered 3 years of my tuition, and pursue something else. I thought to myself, “There is no way this is happening! All the hard work I put into getting the scholarship and now God wants me to give it away?!” I would sit down with people and tell them about it, and they would respond with, “I get it.” To which I said, “How?” To which, they didn’t have a response.
Those moments where we feel as though no one relates are so challenging because they begin to plant seeds of loneliness. Yet, the moment someone finally comes along and does get it, we suddenly feel relief and hope. If someone else has made it through, we begin to believe so can we.
When I am tempted, I get those feelings pretty quickly. I will feel the temptation and think, “No one else falls into this temptation.” I try to list my excuses and think of reasons why no one else can relate, then the seeds of loneliness and isolation try to spring up and make me feel worse. But, I am learning to hear the voice in my heart telling me, “I get it.”
That voice is Jesus. Jesus gets us. One truth of Jesus’ life we often forget is how He was completely human. The humanity of Jesus means He had to face and wrestle with every single temptation we face today. Jesus went through life feeling the same aches and pains we do, yet He did not give into any of the temptations He faced.
We should not allow temptations to make us feel as though no one else can understand what we are going through. Jesus does. Jesus gets our weakness. Jesus understands what it is like to be hungry and thirsty, He gets what it means for the things of the world to try to throw Him off and He surely knows what it feels like to be in a constant battle with an enemy.
Jesus simply gets us.
Today’s passage in Hebrews should awaken hope and encouragement in our hearts. Because Jesus gets our weaknesses and our temptations, we can draw close to His throne and receive mercy and grace. Traditionally, our struggles are met with a swift and just punishment. Jesus meets our sin with mercy and grace.
One of the most powerful statements we can ever say to someone is, “Me too.” Everyone struggles and everyone goes through bad days. Often, we are just looking for someone to listen to us rather than solve our problems; we do not want to feel as though we are the only one going through tough times.
Every time you are tempted, just know that Jesus, the Savior of the world, is saying, “Me too.” He is with you, and He gets you.
● Can you think of a moment/season in your life where you felt as though no one understood what you were going through?
● What does it feel like knowing Jesus gets what you are going through? What hope does this spark within you?
● How does Jesus being able to understand your weakness change how you respond to your struggles?
Father, thank you for understanding me. I pray when I am tempted I can hear You telling me, “I get it.” Because You understand, I know I am never alone and without hope. Thank you for loving me so well and calling me Your child. I pray all of this in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.