Let’s be honest. When we are happy and things are going good, we know God gets it.
But when things are tough, when we feel abandoned and alone and desperate… tired, drained, or frustrated.. we can feel really disconnected from our Savior.
Hebrews 12:3 jumped out at me the other day and drew me in.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men…” (NIV)
Had opposition from the world lately? Yep. Jesus gets it.
He was doubted publicly over and over again. He had lots of followers, yes; but then there was an elite public who loved to hate him. They taunted him, challenged him, and plotted against him. Feel like the world is against you? Jesus knows how it feels.
He prayed for people in need. He listened to their problems and their heavy hearts weighed on him. He carried their burdens. Jesus knows how heavy burdens are. He understands how sad you are for your friends and family and how their valley is bringing you down. Feel free to complain to Him about it. He gets it.
His friends said one thing and did another. They didn’t listen. They didn’t understand. They tried, like most sinners, but they failed. Like all sinners.
Feel like you’ve been abandoned by those who loved you? Forsaken by those you love?
Remember your Jesus who endured torture. Who had to experience indescribable pain and suffering. He was sent to be tried for crimes he didn’t commit and condemned for lies he didn’t tell.
He was misunderstood, gossiped about, and experienced overwhelming frustration.
Can you relate?
Jesus knows how you feel.
He pleaded with God to make things different. He prayed for answers. He got down on his knees and cried.
Take comfort in knowing today, that Jesus gets it. He is that familiar friend who has been there.
He is the one who lovingly takes you in his arms and says, “I know how hard it is. Please don’t give up…”
And you can stand there and cry with him and not say anything.
Because Jesus knows.