Daily Devotion, Feb. 16, 2021, Temptation
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
We know that Jesus faced temptation. We remember early in His ministry, Satan confronted Him, tempting Him to disobey God. We may not realize that when Jesus was tempted, He suffered! Temptations caused Him pain. He struggled in His humanity to obey God. Yes, He is the Son of God, but when He took on human nature, He faced the same issues we face.
We all face temptation regularly. If Jesus struggled under temptation, we, too, will struggle even more. Temptations are powerful. They pull us hard in the wrong direction. What is our solution? Jesus will help us as we seek His help. He understands how strong temptations are. He loves us. He has compassion for us. He wants to help us when temptations come. He is willing and able to help us. What a resource He is for us to help us overcome temptation! Are you struggling with desires that pull you away from God? Have You asked Jesus to help? He is able.
Gracious Father, I thank you for this promise that Jesus is available to help me when temptation knocks at my door. I find comfort in knowing that He suffered when tempted. He knows that I give in to temptations all too easily. Remind me to call upon His name when I am tempted. In His name, Amen.