Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB): 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I am aware of a lot of people who are in “need.” There are those who are struggling with severe family relationship issues. Many are worried about their jobs, or lack of a job, and the mounting bills that seem overwhelming. Several are struggling with taking care of elderly parents or relatives and they are seeking the strength to make it through each day. I know of those who are carrying around heavy burdens and they wonder how long it will be until the weight of those burdens will become too heavy to bear. There are those who are sitting in nursing homes waiting for a family member or friend to come by and spend just a few minutes of their day with them. The loss of a loved one has been difficult recently for several people that I know. And we prayed last night at church for those who are battling significant health issues and their struggle with the effects of the disease on their body.  

Unfortunately, many people turn to things other than God when dealing with these difficult and challenging moments of life. Some seek to find temporary relief in alcohol or drugs. Others are tempted by being unfaithful to their spouse, and some seek to drift away into the world of pornography or other sexual sins. Those that look to escape their worries and troubles in this way will only further intensify their struggles in life. I have seen many good people make many terrible and life altering decisions when responding to life’s difficulties in this way. Families are torn apart, careers are permanently damaged, and relationships are forever ruined.  

As believers, we have the ultimate “high priest” that understands and “sympathizes” with our struggles and our weaknesses. If we will only approach the “throne of grace” and call upon the name of Jesus, we can find “mercy” and “grace” to help us through our struggles. Look to Jesus, and to heaven, for relief from the worries and the pain of this world, and you will find peace and rest for your weary body and soul. Approach the throne of grace with confidence and find healing for your body and your soul. 


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