It’s audio devo day! Today, Daddy God wants to reassure your heart that He understands your struggles. He gets you. So get comfy, sit back, and allow Him to minister to you as you listen here:
“As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him” (Ps. 103:13, MSG).
“Because God knows how we’re made, God remembers we’re just dust” (Ps. 103:14, CEB).
You and I are dust. God knows it, and He feels so deeply for us. Our verses for today reveal two essential components of His compassion for us. The first one is His Father’s heart for us. As a Daddy, He feels intensely for His little ones. His spirit is moved passionately within Him when we get hurt. His soul gets stirred up when we struggle. His first and greatest impulse is not to chastise us, but to reach down and to tenderly help us.
He knows that we are dust. He also created us, right? The One who designed us and formed us out of dirt remembers. Every single second, He remembers. Formed from dust, we are vulnerable. Formed from dust, our frames are fragile. He knows. The dust He shaped into human beings needs a whole lot of help from Him. And His heart boils with desire to provide just that!
There’s more. There’s a second, vitally important component of His compassion for us. It’s His personal, firsthand experience of our vulnerabilities. Jesus is keenly aware of all the extreme difficulties we undergo as humans in this fallen world. After all, He’s been here, walking in our shoes. He Himself has endured every possible human pain conceivable. His empathy for us, as we face it all, runs deep.
Jesus your Intercessor feels what you are feeling. He is directly involved in every moment of every one of your struggles. Listen again to His word on this. “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are…” (Heb. 4:15, KJV).
“Infirmities” here means our weaknesses; our feebleness. Jesus is touched with the feeling of them; with the feeling of what we walk through. What we feel, He feels. As our Great High Priest, His effectiveness as our Intercessor stems from so perfectly, personally understanding our frailties. As He is profoundly moved by what we are suffering, prayers for us flow unceasingly to the Father from His heart on our behalf.
Jesus gets how hard it is here on Planet Earth. He gets how difficult it sometimes is to push past our emotions and praise Him. He knows, intimately, what it is to struggle with fears that seem to hold onto us with a death grip. The Scriptures do not exaggerate when they state, “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are…” (Heb. 4:15, AMP).
He has such deep patience with us as He beholds us from the perspective of His own human experience. He knows. He deeply, achingly knows. As the Eternal One who is both outside time and inside it, He remembers so freshly. His heart is stirred with deep, deep compassion for what you and I are walking through right now.
You know what the other beautiful thing about this is? “He has become the high priest forever” (Heb. 6:20, NCV). Forever. This immense compassion flowing from His heart for us will never stop. For as long as our hearts beat, His own heart will rise up in deep love for us in our weaknesses. For as long as we have breath, there will be abundant mercy and strengthening for every one of our struggles. The riches of His grace will ceaselessly flow from His Spirit to ours.
Forever and ever.
What do you sense Holy Spirit speaking to your heart about your vulnerabilities as one made from dust?