Hebrews 4:12-16

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest

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. 16 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. (ESV)

Questions

  1. What can we hide from God? How does that make you feel?
  2. What comfort and encouragement do these verses offer? What do they urge us to do?

Ponder

Do you find it difficult to approach God when you’re tempted or burdened with sin, or when things are going wrong in your life? How does this verse encourage you?

Prayer ideas

Do what this passage encourages us to do: draw near to God in prayer, begging for his mercy and help in your need. Pray for yourself and others.