In my book Highland Path, Julia struggles with seeing God as demanding and unreasonable, and that view of him affects her peace of mind, her calling, and her relationships.
When we read the Bible, we can see where she might mistakenly get such an idea. For example, the book of Hebrews begins with telling the greatness and supremacy of Jesus—and our need to cling to him for our hope and future. It's full of warnings, also, making sure we are faithful to Jesus and giving him the honor he deserves. These chapters can make us feel frightened of Jesus, of his might and power, and worry about our ability to follow him.
That's why chapter 4 is such a breath of fresh air:
“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT
This passage reassures us that Jesus not only deserves his exalted status, but that he uses his high position to encourage and renew us. He is God who has walked our path, who understands what it’s like to be a weak and frail human. He understands the pull of temptation, and instead of condemning us for our inability to live a perfect life, he offers us his flawless life in exchange, showering us with mercy. He fills us with grace—lavishing us with all the good things we don’t deserve.
Do you lack confidence in your relationship with Jesus? Read the verses above again and ask him to give you faith and confidence as you trust in his goodness. Because there is only good in him and he gets us!
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