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Perseverance #6 — Sympathetic Grace

We have a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses, One who has been tested according to all the things that test us, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

If we would stay true to our commitment to Christ, we must remember that he will help us when our faith is tested. To obtain that help we must approach his throne and ask for what we need — independent self-sufficiency is not welcomed in his kingdom. We should feel encouraged to approach him because he knows what we’re going through and sympathizes with us: He feels the frustration of having to wait for justice. He feels the annoyance of being misunderstood. He feels fear of anticipated suffering. He experienced all this, yet he never disobeyed his Father in unbelief. So when we come to him for help because we experience difficulty continuing to trust God’s promises to bring about justice at the right time, to reveal the motives of everyone’s heart, or to turn our stumbling blocks into stepping stones to joy, he will welcome us, and strengthen our hearts through the ministry of the indwelling Spirit, sympathetically giving us the well-timed grace we need.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for going ahead and for turning back to offer me a helping hand. The riches of your grace and the sweetness of your mercy are wonderful and give me hope. Amen.

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