Our Daily Bread -- Lord, Help!
June 2, 2016
Read: Hebrews 4:14-16
Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 17-18; John 13:1-20
Let us then approach Godís throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. óHebrews 4:16
I was so happy for my friend when she told me she was going to be a mum! Together we counted the days until the birth. But when the baby suffered a brain injury during delivery, my heart broke and I didnít know how to pray. All I knew was who I should pray toóGod. He is our Father, and He hears us when we call.
I knew that God was capable of miracles. He brought Jairusís daughter back to life (Luke 8:49-55) and in so doing also healed the girl of whatever disease had robbed her of life. So I asked Him to bring healing for my friendís baby too.
But what if God doesnít heal? I wondered. Surely He doesnít lack the power. Could it be He doesnít care? I thought of Jesusís suffering on the cross and the explanation that ďGod demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for usĒ (Rom. 5:8). Then I remembered the questions of Job and how he learned to see the wisdom of God as shown in the creation around him (Job 38-39).
Slowly I saw how God calls us to Him in the details of our lives. In Godís grace, my friend and I learned together what it means to call on the Lord and to trust Himówhatever the outcome. óPoh Fang Chia
Lord, to whom can I go but You! I trust You with my life and the lives of my loved ones. Iím grateful You always hear my cry.
When life knocks you down, youíre in the perfect position to pray!
INSIGHT: The writer of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our Great High Priest. This concept can be difficult to understand when we are so distanced from the religion of ancient Israel. The high priest was the single representative who could enter the Holy of Holies and the presence of God to offer sacrifices for the sins of the people. Even though the Word of God exposes our sin (Heb. 4:12-13), we can still confidently come to God because Jesus, our High Priest, has offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. The mercy and grace we receive (v. 16) is the forgiveness of our sins. J.R. Hudberg
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