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by Alan Smith
Have you heard this one?
Theres a man trying to cross the street. As he steps off the curb, a car comes screaming around the corner and heads straight for him. The man walks faster, trying to hurry across the street, but the car changes lanes and is still coming at him.
There have been times when Ive discovered that experiencing something is more difficult than it looks. For example, when I was younger, I was full of ideas on how parents ought to be raising their children. However, after having three of my own, Ive discovered that its not as easy as it looks.
Sometimes theres no way to know what it feels like to go through something without actually experiencing it yourself. Thats why the incarnation is so important. Theres no way we can say to God, Living here on this earth its not as easy as it looks! God knows. Hes taken on flesh and blood and walked this earth. Hes experienced temptation, frustration, persecution, disappointment, rejection, and a host of other human emotions. He knows how tough it is. He understands. Not just because He is God and knows everything, but because He has been one of us. And thats why He is in a position to be of help to us.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Its true. Living life on this earth is not as easy as it looks. But may you find comfort today in knowing that God understands your struggles more that you can begin to imagine.
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