He Is Able to Help Us
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18 NIV)
Do we not need [help]? Certainly; and He is able to [help] the tempted, because he has suffered the very worst that temptation can do. Not that there was ever one symptom or thought of yielding; yet suffering to the point of extreme anguish beneath the test.
O sufferers, tempted ones, desolate and not comforted, lean your heads against the breast of the God-Man, whose feet have trodden each inch of your thorny path; and whose experiences of the power of evil will qualify Him to strengthen you to stand, to lift you up if you are fallen, to speak such words as will heal the ache of the freshly gaping wound. If He were impassive, and had never wept, or fought in the Garden shadows, or cried out forsaken on the cross, we had not felt Him so near as we can do now in all hours of bitter grief.”
-F.B. Meyer (excerpted from the devotional book, Daily Meditations for Prayer)
Jesus is a faithful high priest who understands every pain, every difficulty, every heartache, and every rejection, because he walked the same path that you and I walk today. He sees every tear and hears every cry that comes from your heart. The Bible says that because he himself suffered when he was being tempted, he is able to help those who are similarly being tempted. As you enter his presence, he will speak to you by his Word and he will establish his peace in your heart, so that you will be able to say with the Psalmist David, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).
Read Hebrews 2:14-18.