The One Who Understands

“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 4:15-16 

“Strike three. You’re out!” yelled the umpire at the ten-year-old Little League player.

The dejected batter headed back to the dugout where his frustrated coach yelled, “Take the bench!”

It was all the young boy could do to hold back the tears.

One wonders why the coach showed no compassion for the boy. Surely the boy didn’t choose to strike out. Without a doubt, that was the last thing he wanted to do. So why didn’t the coach at least pat the boy on the back or give him an encouraging “You’ll hit it next time!”? Did the coach not understand the boy’s feelings? Is it possible the coach had never struck out himself? Even as a child?

Unfortunately, sometimes people often act like the coach—and the wounds they inflict can stay with us long past the ninth inning.

Jesus, on the other hand, never fails to give us the understanding and compassion we need. While He never sinned or failed, His experience of temptation and human weakness on earth gives Him an intimate understanding of our plight. And from that understanding comes His promise of sympathy, mercy, and grace to help us when we do fail.

We may hear the words, “Strike Three. You’re out!” from the world. But from Jesus we will never hear the words, “Take the bench!”

Today’s One Thing

Is there anyone in your life that’s been wounded by failure? Reach out to them with a word of understanding and compassion today.


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