Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
There is so much that could be and has been preached regarding this text. I want to highlight the phrase “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” We have a high priest and his name is Jesus Christ. He is our intercessor, our mediator, as well as our access to the throne of God. The thing that intrigues me is that He allows us to bring two experiences into His presence: our infirmities and how we feel about those infirmities. The word “infirmity” is known throughout the Bible as “our weakness.” If we are all completely honest we would admit we all have weaknesses. We all have struggles that seem to overcome and overtake us from time to time. Anxiety and worry can be a weakness for some. Anger and bitterness can be a weakness for some. Lust and greed can be a weakness. The list could continue, but the point being is that we all have some form of weakness that seems to hold us back from time to time. The Lord allows us to touch Him with that weakness. We can take this to the Lord during our times of need. He promises help, mercy, and grace when we decide to take these issues to the Lord.
It is equally amazing that He allows how we feel about these weaknesses into His presence. He allows us to touch with the “feeling” of those infirmities. I personally believe that when we go to the Lord with our problems we emphasize the problem and forget to discuss how we truly feel about the problem. The Lord is so loving and so kind that He allows us to touch him with how we feel. The situations and circumstance of life can be stressful, difficult, and really depressing. We must understand that God wants us to discuss with Him how we feel. Do you feel depressed? Tell Him! Do you feel angry? Tell Him! Do you feel pain? Tell Him! Take how you feel to the Lord.
I would be remiss if I did not direct those reading this toward the events and course of our country’s situation. We are a country divided, weak, and at war. It is discouraging and really scary when allowed time to dwell on it. I would also be lying if I told you that it does not bring a sense of anxiety and anger into my heart. I woke up yesterday with anxiety in my heart. I made a choice. I could feed that by observing the news and social media or I could go read my Bible. I decided to read scripture. Two hours later, the Lord had given me exactly what I needed. He had spoken to my heart, calmed my nerves and settled my spirit. Yes, it took two hours, but it was worth it. I walked into the throne room with a feeling about an infirmity and the Lord gave me mercy, grace, and help during my time of need. I am urging each of you reading this to do the same thing.