Grace for all seasons

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 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: 14 – 16 (NIV)


I’ve always been an independent sort of person, so being indebted to someone else doesn’t come naturally to me. I prefer to work out my own solutions rather than allow someone else to take charge.

Thankfully, God loves me too much to let me live like that. Although I want to be seen as strong, He has led me into situations where I felt weak and helpless. Close friends I thought I could trust rejected their faith and me along with it. My personal finances went through a tough period. Relationships within our local church became increasingly difficult, causing heartache for myself and many others.

Over and over again, God has brought me back to these verses in Hebrews. Remembering that Jesus also faced difficulties and temptations helps me to feel less isolated, and I know that He can empathise with me in the midst of my problems. But it’s the last sentence in particular that strengthens me and keeps me going when times are hard.

As I’ve struggled with painful situations, I’ve learned to cry out to God for His grace and His mercy. Now I understand that whatever is going on in my life, and however I feel, I can still come confidently to God and ask for His help. My favourite prayer is “God, I need more grace!” I’ve discovered that speaking that short phrase fills me with an overwhelming sense of peace. When I choose to depend on God rather than myself, I find hope.


Heavenly Father,

Thank You that through Jesus I have the confidence to approach You. Thank You that Your mercy and grace are freely available to me, and that through them You are more than able to meet all of my needs. May my life be a demonstration of Your grace.

Amen.


By Fiona, Leeds UK