When you feel overwhelmed or are struggling about something and you just need to vent or get help, you are most likely to call someone who’s “been there,” right? That person will have the empathy and compassion you need for lifting your heart out of a pit of discouragement. Problem is, your firend might not be available – she may be too busy to take a call, which is even more frustrating. But Jesus is already on the line waiting for you. And He’s been through battles and temptations that brought on the very feelings you struggle with today. He’s “been there” and He “is there.”
Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, to be tempted there by Satan. (Matthew 4:1 TLB)
When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36 HCSB)
Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39 HCSB)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 HCSB)
Jesus, I am so thankful that I can come to You with my struggles and know that You completely understand and You care. Thank You for being my Savior and my Friend.
This is an excerpt from 100 Days of Bible Promises by Shanna Noel and - a devotional book released by DaySpring publishing. Learn more about this book, or shop other books & devotionals from DaySpring.