Just A Little Talk With Jesus

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)

We all have our friends, associates, and role models that we seek counsel from. It is good to have a support group around us. But not everyone you know understands what you are going through. They may have been in the same circumstance but the uniqueness of each life makes the same circumstance different for each person. They may have a general idea but they don’t truly or fully understand how each trial in life affects you intimately. I often find that people experiencing the seemingly same trials as I have react to it completely different and the counsel I give does not fully help them. I give advice based upon what I have experienced and what has been beneficial to me in my walk of life. Foolishly I become aggravated when my advice is ignored or ineffective for the person I am trying to help. This becomes clearer to me when the people who counsel me are not able to fully understand my perspective on the trial.

There are none of us the same either by nature or reaction to seemingly same situations. We are unique in God’s creation and not one of us will react to a formula solution. All must be dealt with individually. Where then can we or I go to find one who completely understands the trial that we are going through or combatting with? I am confidently convinced there is only one place to go, that place from where we originate, that place we long to return, and the place we should seek first for our solace. The Creator who and only who understands us, even better than we ourselves. “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) We are blessed with our spouse and we are blessed with our friends, but there is one that is closer than any other and He is our God. “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

The world has always been a mystery to man and at times will be filled with confusion. We make our best choices and yet, as we believe they should, do not work as we planned. The journey through this world is not always clear to us as our vision is only in the present moment and cannot see the morrow and does not even know if the morrow will arrive. But God our creator who sees through all of time knows the path we should take. He knows what pitfalls lay ahead of us that we should avoid. He knows how to lead us away from the evil dangers that seek to destroy us. His is the good counsel. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8)

Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. It is not the wisdom of the world which is built upon popular opinions of man but the wisdom that comes from the Word of God that has been tested through the eternity before the creation. When we accept the Lord Jesus as the master of our live He gives us His Spirit to dwell within us that we may be guided to all truth. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)

As we look at Hebrews 4:15-16 we see that we have a High Priest who is Jesus that sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Jesus is there as our High Priest praying earnestly for us, the faithful and true One who will never forsake us. “For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Now we know that we have someone who we can confide in as He has been tempted in every way that we have and overcame without sin. Therefore He understands exactly what we are going through and He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. Furthermore He will provide us a way of escape. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) Our faith in His promises will strengthen our faith.

Before the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus, the Prophet Isaiah came before the throne of God and was horrified. (Isaiah 6:5) By the atoning blood of Jesus we can come boldly before the throne and draw near to our Savior and seek His comfort in time of trial and He will understand and give us comfort and lead to the path of victory. Because He has overcome we too can overcome. “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

Both passages our text and Hebrews 10:19-22 invite us to draw near to God. The key to this follows the word “therefore” in each passage. In Hebrews 10:19 we can boldly enter the holy place “by the blood of Jesus.” Without the blood of Jesus which paid the debt of our sin we are sinners and doomed to eternal separation from God. As Christians we have accepted the blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and have been cleansed of our sins. God sees us in the perfect righteousness of His Son Jesus and are worthy to be in His presence. It was the work of Jesus on the cross that has given us this privilege.

In our text we read that Jesus was tempted in all ways that we are. Because of this He can understand what we are suffering through. He can sympathize with our weaknesses. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” In these two verses in Hebrews, Chapter 10 gives us the right to approach the throne and Chapter 4 gives us the reason for approaching the throne.

Through the atoning blood of Jesus we have our pass to get to God. Jesus told His disciples this very fact. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) What if we approached the throne and found God to be a High and Mighty King who was not interested to be intimately involved with His children. We would be honored to approach Him but it would not be an intimate encounter and satisfy our need.

But this is not the case because we are being told to come boldly to the throne of God. We have His invitation, He says draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8) God wants to help us because He loves us. He knows what we are suffering, as He too has endured the same suffering and knows the answer to all our troubles. He can take any situation we face and turn into good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

God invites us to come to the throne and to come boldly. God understands our needs and he will respond to us with love and compassion. Keep that in mind when you pray and it might change the way that you talk to Him. Drawing near to God in prayer will give you the power to overcome the evil in this world. The next time you need someone to talk to have a little talk with Jesus.  “I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in, And then a little light from heaven filled my soul, He bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above, And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole, Now let us have a little talk with Jesus let us tell him all about our troubles, He will hear our faintest cry and we will answer by and by, Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning, Then you’ll know a little fire is burning, You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, February 13, 2017

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