Hebrews 2:18

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"For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted."
Hebrews 2:18

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I really struggle with grasping this fact: that the God of the universe, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the God who merely spoke and the world came into existence – That same God, my sovereign ruler and the savior of my soul – CHOSE to take on a humanly body and experience everything that we experience. Yeah, that blows my mind! And although I can think about it intellectually, there are days that it just doesn’t reach my heart.

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Because you see, He did have a choice. (Of course He did, He’s God!). He could have been a distant God, watching and observing, only getting involved if it suited His fancy. And that’s the point – it did suit His fancy. He loves us and delights in us so much that He was willing to come to Earth and suffer the same trials and temptations that we suffer. He experienced heartache and loneliness, hunger and longing, and even pain – severe physical pain.

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SIDE NOTE: In the trial of this severe pain, I imagine the temptation to use His mighty breath and release Himself from that pain and retaliate on those inflicting it might have been enormous. And yet He stayed the course for me, for YOU.

So, you see, He knows what we go through when we are in our greatest trial. He sees us, He loves us, and He feels every bit of it because He Himself experienced it. But this knowing is not just an idle practice, “Oh my poor (insert your name here), too bad she’s going through this. Hope she makes it.”

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NO! When He left this earth, He left us with Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, our Helper. He gave us His Holy Spirit to guide us and show us the way out of temptation in the midst of our trials. He left His Body in the form of the Church. He has surrounded us with others who have gone through what we are going through who can relate and love us through it. No, this is not an idle observation of our pain – it is an active participation with the purpose of growing us and glorifying God.

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Several years back, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of women about depression/anxiety. I had personal experience with depression and felt that I could relate and bring some perspective in that area. However, I never really suffered with anxiety or panic attacks.

The night before the talk, I was preparing when suddenly I couldn’t breathe, I was sweating, my heart was racing, and my thoughts were all over the place. I wanted to crawl under my desk and curl up in a ball. I had this irrational fear just pounding at me, and I had no idea why. Thankfully, it only lasted about 30 minutes, and when my heart calmed and my thoughts settled, I heard God say, “THAT is what a panic attack feels like. Now you can relate a little.”

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I’m so very thankful for that experience. Because I had just a glimpse of what some of those women went through on a daily basis and for prolonged hours, my heart softened. I could love them better where they were and understand, just a little, where they were coming from. And that is Jesus for us – He knows firsthand what we are going through. He feels it on a very personal level because He himself felt those same things while here on earth.

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Father God, You know. You know what each of us is going through, the pain and struggle, and the temptation we are facing. Thank You that You left Your Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray You bring people into our lives that can relate and give us perspective. May we be that person for someone else. We love You so much. In Jesus’ name! AMEN!!

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“For because HHimself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Hebrews 2:18 

Behind the Scenes

I really struggle with grasping this fact: that the God of the universe, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the God who merely spoke and the world came into existence – That same God, my sovereign ruler and the savior of my soul – CHOSE to take on a humanly body and experience everything that we experience. Yeah, that blows my mind! And although I can think about it intellectually, there are days that it just doesn’t reach my heart.  

Because you see, He did have a choice. (Of course He did, He’s God!). He could have been a distant God, watching and observing, only getting involved if it suited His fancy. And that’s the point – it did suit His fancy. He loves us and delights in us so much that He was willing to come to Earth and suffer the same trials and temptations that we suffer. He experienced heartache and loneliness, hunger and longing, and even pain – severe physical pain.  

SIDE NOTE: In the trial of this severe pain, I imagine the temptation to use His mighty breath and release Himself from that pain and retaliate on those inflicting it might have been enormous. And yet He stayed the course for me, for YOU.  

So, you see, He knows what we go through when we are in our greatest trial. He sees us, He loves us, and He feels every bit of it because He Himself experienced it. But this knowing is not just an idle practice, “Oh my poor (insert your name here), too bad she’s going through this. Hope she makes it.”   

NO! When He left this earth, He left us with Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, our Helper. He gave us His Holy Spirit to guide us and show us the way out of temptation in the midst of our trials. He left His Body in the form of the Church. He has surrounded us with others who have gone through what we are going through who can relate and love us through it. No, this is not an idle observation of our pain – it is an active participation with the purpose of growing us and glorifying God.  

Make it Real

Several years back, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of women about depression/anxiety. I had personal experience with depression and felt that I could relate and bring some perspective in that area. However, I never really suffered with anxiety or panic attacks.  

The night before the talk, I was preparing when suddenly I couldn’t breathe, I was sweating, my heart was racing, and my thoughts were all over the place. I wanted to crawl under my desk and curl up in a ball. I had this irrational fear just pounding at me, and I had no idea why. Thankfully, it only lasted about 30 minutes, and when my heart calmed and my thoughts settled, I heard God say, “THAT is what a panic attack feels like. Now you can relate a little.” 

I’m so very thankful for that experience. Because I had just a glimpse of what some of those women went through on a daily basis and for prolonged hours, my heart softened. I could love them better where they were and understand, just a little, where they were coming from. And that is Jesus for us – He knows firsthand what we are going through. He feels it on a very personal level because He himself felt those same things while here on earth.  

Colleen McGeorge

Colleen McGeorge

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Father God, 

You know. You know what each of us is going through, the pain and struggle, and the temptation we are facing. Thank You that You left Your Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray You bring people into our lives that can relate and give us perspective. May we be that person for someone else. We love You so much. In Jesus’ name!

AMEN!! 

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