Come Into Our Struggles
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Admittedly, I do not watch or keep track of the weather. The rain will come whether I am prepared for it or not. Likewise, life’s precipitations pass through. Temptations blow in, emotions crash like a hurricane, an ice storm freezes my soul. At times, sin leaves me stranded in a tornado that overwhelms me with shame.
Where does my Savior fit in? He was tempted but never caved. Jesus endured and overcame temptation. He guides us to the Word for the tools to endure. When we aren’t strong enough, he assures us the Spirit is with us and is working on our behalf to strengthen and sustain us.
Jesus understands the frustration of doing the right thing and still experiencing earthly consequences. And though he never fell, he meets us in our shame, not to condemn, but to console us because he paid our debt. The hurt our sin causes is exactly what he carried on the cross, knowing it was too much for us.
Savior, no matter how deeply I am hurting or how far I’m drowning in my sin, remind me that you are stronger. Give me strength to lean into and listen to your Word. Instead of your perfection intimidating me, let it guide and empower me through the storms when they come. Amen.
Written by Marinah Inman
Provided by WELS Women’s Ministry