“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

Hebrews 4:14

A preacher was delivering a sermon before a large congregation. He pointed out that believers aren’t exempt from trouble. In fact, some Christians are surrounded by trouble; trouble to the right, trouble to the left, trouble in front, and trouble behind. At this, a man who had served the Lord for many years, shouted, “Glory to God, it’s always open at the top!”

This man’s confidence in God is fully supported by Hebrews 4. Because our great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, has ascended to heaven and is interceding there for us, we have good grounds for trusting Him in the midst of trouble (v.14). Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, for when He lived on earth He was tempted in every way that we are, yet He never sinned (v.15). His throne is completely approachable and is called “the throne of grace” (v.16).

In Hebrews we’re urged to look up from our trials and to approach that throne boldly by faith. Through humble prayer, we will receive mercy for our failures and grace to help us in our time of need (v.16).

Are life’s trials and temptations hemming you in? Has the tempter told you there’s nowhere to go? Take heart. Keep looking up it’s always open at the top.

“When life’s afflictions batter you like waves upon the sand, remember to look up to God and take His outstretched hand.” —Sper.

To improve your outlook, try the uplook.

Our Daily Bread, 2004.

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