A Message of Comfort

Written by M. Larson

Do you feel overwhelming stress, fear or anxiety? Can we pray for you?

The Psalmist cried, “I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before you, and my groaning is not hidden from you” (Psalm 38:8,9, NKJV).

Yes, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, knows our every trouble and heartache. He hears our cries in the night. He knows the anguished unuttered cry in our hearts. He knows all our doubts and fears. He knows our stumbling and bewilderment.

Jesus Cares

Oh, yes, He cares! The Apostle Peter says you should be “casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV). Peter knew what he was talking about—for even after he had denied his Lord, Jesus still cared for him!

When Jesus walked upon the earth, He often showed His heartfelt compassion for people in many ways. “Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14, NKJV).

His compassion extended to individuals too: “When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, ‘Don’t cry’” (Luke 7:13, NKJV). These words were spoken to the widow when He raised her only son from the dead.

Jesus Understands

How precious it is to know that we have a Saviour who became obedient to the Father and took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh. “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted  as we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NKJV).

Our high priest, Jesus Christ, understands our weaknesses; He understands our temptations; He understands our broken hearts. He partook of our humanity. He walked the path that we are walking. He is touched—yes, touched!— with the feeling of our weaknesses. He sympathizes with us in them.

Jesus Hears

Hebrews 4:16 immediately follows the verse that says Jesus is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. It says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” These two verses are beautifully related to one another. The one verse tells us that Jesus cares; the next verse urges us to go to Him for mercy and for grace to help in time of need.

Jesus will Meet Our Needs

Hebrews 4:16 does not promise that our troubles and trials will completely disappear. A loved one may already be gone; our illness may continue on; our situation may remain the same, for a time at least. But it does promise “grace to help in time of need.” And this grace can prove to be one of the sweetest experiences we have in life. It is ours to claim!

Questions:
Can you think of a person that was helped when he cried out to the Lord? Did all his troubles disappear? How did God help?

About the Author Muriel Larson

6 Responses to “A Message of Comfort”

  • Sharon says:

    dear ness– prayer–father God i pray for ness right now for courage and strenght to go forward with you God help him go forward and give him courage and bring other christians to come along to encourage him too. i pray all of this in JESUS name amen i am praying for you, i had a challenging summer by the strenght of God i got through it, you can too just an encourgement

  • Kate says:

    Thank you Sarah, Arlette, Kristen and ness! Each of you has encouraged me greatly with your endurance and words that bless our Lord. He is faithful; we are not, but He is. I often picture the little girl who thinks the tighter she grips her dad’s hand, the safer she’ll be, but the truth is it’s His grip on us that holds us fast and firm. He is faithful! Praise His holy name!

  • ness says:

    Amen to this uplifting message, am going through hard times of life , but knowing that my heavenly father cares for me makes stay calm and trustfull, pray for me , that i may find strength and courage to go forward

  • KRISTEN says:

    I CAN TESTIFY THAT JESUS IS THERE DURING TRIALS AND GIVES GRACE EVEN WHEN WE FEEL WE CAN’T GO ON IN THIS TRIAL ANYMORE. IT HAS SEEMED LIKE FOREVER BUT HE ANSWERED A MAJOR PRAYER IN OUR LIVES JUST THIS PAST WEEK. I AM IN AWE OF WHEN YOU WAIT ON HIM AND BE PATIENT AND KNOW HE IS WORKING IN THE SITUATION HE WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYER. THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY ON US.

  • Arlette says:

    Thank you so much for this. It seems that just when the spinning seems like it will never end I find a foothold in His word. How calming and encouraging it is to remember His love.

  • This was a great encouragement to me today. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is our sympathizing friend and He has the power to take all our cares so we can REST in His amazing grace and mercy.

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