Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 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.
Hebrews 4:14 - 16
In a week that included getting stitches, a minor car accident (everyone is fine), hosting guests, feeling utterly exhausted, incapable and ineffective, and getting completely off schedule, there is still some very good news – God is constant and does not change. Praise God that our desire and love for Him does not determine His desire and love for us. Praying and worshiping were two of the last things we felt like doing this week. Reading the Bible was exceedingly difficult, fellowship with believers wasn’t easy, and there was no desire to reach out to others. Praise God that our salvation isn’t based on what we do or don’t do, but on what Jesus, our great High Priest, has done for us. It was a bad week, but God’s grace was still there, unchanging and abounding in our messy circumstances.
Being a passionate follower of Jesus in Southeast Asia is no different from being a passionate follower of Jesus in America. Some days we see God move greatly, prayers answered, and His Name glorified in the good works that He has called us to do. Other days, we are dragged down by difficult situations that envelop our entire lives and render us without capacity to accomplish anything. It is God that allows us to experience both types of days, and it is God whose presence accompanies us throughout both as well. May we all learn to respond to difficult days as the author of Hebrews exhorts, "with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We have such a great High Priest in Jesus who sympathizes with us in our weaknesses and continues to loves us deeply.
Even with knowing God’s presence in the midst of these difficult situations, we are happy that this past week is over, and are looking forward to getting back into the “normal” swing of things. We would appreciate your prayers for rest and recovery from this past week and for God to continue to lead us in the work that He has called us to here. May God bless and keep you all in His presence and grace!