Posts Tagged ‘weakness’
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:25-16
This Bible verse shows you just how personal God really is. So many people think of God as a police officer somewhere up in the sky waiting to penalize us for our offenses. But God is intensely personal, knowing us better than we even know ourselves and ready to help us in our weakness. This Bible verse really encourages me to pray more, because God understands my weakness and wants me to ask Him for help. He doesn’t sit there angrily waiting for me to come to Him, saying “It’s about time.” He’s up there waiting to offer me grace and help me to change.
That’s why the second part of the verse says, let us approach the throne of Grace with confidence and receive mercy. We are God’s children and He understands our weakness. The worst thing we can do is to just sit in the mire and feel sorry for ourselves or say how unworthy we are. God wants us to come boldly before Him and ask Him for grace. We all make mistakes and God wants to help us change. But in order for us to change, we have to be bold and come to God, who understands our weakness, and ask for the grace to change and become better. Shame is a very powerful emotion, and it keeps us from seeking God. We feel unworthy and don’t want to ask God for anything. But without boldly asking God for grace, how else will we ever change?
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26
How cool is this Bible verse. This verse has been perfect for me in times when I don’t know what to pray. Sometimes life is just all wrong and I don’t even know the first place to start to get it back on track. I feel despair, depression, and darkness, and I have no idea what to tell God or ask Him. That’s when I just come to Him and say, please fix it. Everything is wrong, I surrender my circumstances to you. And I have Romans 8 in the back of my mind, knowing that even though I have no idea what to pray or what to ask God, the Holy Spirit is helping to express my depression and despair to God in ways that my words could never express.
When you really stop to think about it, it’s absolutely amazing. So many people have a picture of God as some police officer up in the sky waiting to penalize us for our wrongdoing. But God is intensely personal, knowing more about us than what we can even express in words. And when we come to places of darkness, depression, and despair, God knows exactly what the right thing is and expresses our anguish in groans that words cannot express. That’s really amazing and should inspire us to cry out to God often when we’re feeling depressed and in despair. I hope this verse encourages you.