FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
“For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Hebrews 2:16-18 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO HELP US WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED
A number of years ago, the Douglas Aircraft company was competing with Boeing to sell Eastern Airlines its first big jets. War hero Eddie Rickenbacker, the head of Eastern Airlines, reportedly told Donald Douglas that the specifications and claims made by Douglas’s company for the DC-8 were close to Boeing’s on everything except noise suppression. Rickenbacker then gave Douglas one last chance to out-promise Boeing on this feature. After consulting with his engineers, Douglas reported that he didn’t feel he could make that promise. Rickenbacker replied, “I know you can’t, I just wanted to see if you were still honest.” (Today in the Word)
There are moments in life when we are all tempted to compromise. Hebrews 2:18 teaches us that Jesus Himself suffered when He was tempted. Jesus never sinned but He knows what it’s like to struggle with temptation. Because Jesus knows what it’s like to struggle with temptation, He is able to help us when we are being tempted. Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
There are times when we feel weaker than others. But it’s always possible to resist temptation. Ask God to show you the way of escape. Thank Jesus for His sympathy toward your weakness. Draw near to Jesus and ask for grace and mercy to resist any temptations you are facing.