October 29, Saturday

Note:  The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals from October 24-30 are written by Andy Kim.  Andy, a graduate of Northwestern University, is about to complete his M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently serving as a staff at Radiance Christian Church in San Francisco, CA.

Devotional Thought for Today

Hebrews 4:14-15

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 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.

29One of the worst conversations I’ve had involved my friend, a resident at a local shelter, and me. To give you some context, my friend and I grew up in a middle class suburb, attending our local youth group every Sunday. The conversation started out well, until we began sharing our lives with one another. As the man shared his story, we stood speechless at how he was abandoned at a young age, felt that he had no choice but to turn to drugs, and now ostracized by society. In that moment of silence, my friend regrettably blurted out, “I know how you feel.” But before he could explain himself, the man responded by asking how a privileged kid, dressed in Abercrombie, could ever understand what it’s like to lose everything and now become a victim of society. He was right—we would never even come close to understanding him.

When suffering comes our way, we tell ourselves that no one would ever understand and often times take on a victim mentality. But we see that Jesus has every right to say that He not only understands, but that He Himself has also gone through it. Where we have all failed, Jesus was able to overcome the temptations of the world, proving Himself blameless before the Father. Christ chose to be like us, to take on the form of our weak flesh, and face the pressures of sin so that we may trust in Him. In this way, we know that we can put our full trust in Christ, because He went through far greater than we can endure.

I wish we could go back to that conversation with that man and share with him about the sufferings of Christ for our sake—how Christ came down to earth, bearing our griefs and carried our sorrows; smitten by God, and afflicted; pierced and crushed for our iniquities so that by his wounds we may be healed and enter into His peace (Isaiah 53). Rather than dismissing our pain, as many have, Christ invites us to give that pain to Him; and in return, He gives us His strength and righteousness. I praise God that in my trials and temptations, I do not stand alone, for He is with me. I praise God that He has conquered sin and that nothing can separate me from the love of the Father—not even death itself. For in Christ, we are not victims of this world, but victors.

Spend some time simply meditating on the good news of Christ. May this truth empower us and encourage us to persevere in our journey with Him. Many of us have struggles and sins that we have yet to overcome. Yet Christ does not stand simply at the finish line but takes every step with us, so that we may find our victory in Him.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank You that you do not leave us as victims to our sufferings, but You make us conquerors. We confess that we are weak, and there areas in our lives we have yet to surrender. However, we hold on to the promise that in our weakness, You are strong and that Your grace is sufficient for us. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Mark 6

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