Heb. 4:14 ¶ 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.
Heb. 4:15 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.
Heb. 4:16 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.
All of us need help, we need different kinds of help on a regular basis. Many times we need help that another person can never give us, we need the kind of help described by Paul in today’s verse.
The greek word Paul used in this verse is very descriptive, the word is boethia and is not one we would use in our modern language. Actually this word is an ancient nautical term translated as frap in English. Frap, have you ever been frapped? Paul is describing help he had received from the Lord when he was facing shipwreck in a storm on the sea. You see, frap is a powerful and descriptive term. It means to secure a vessel with ropes or chains by wrapping the bow. Sometimes, wooden ships were in danger of breaking up in the raging sea, and when that happened, frapping the vessel was the only recourse. Paul had frapped a few vessels in his time, sometimes his very life needed this frapping constantly facing the relentless storms of life.
Maybe you are going through one of these storms of life, all of us do. When the wind begins to blow and the waves are pounding on our bow, frapping becomes a necessity. What am I talking about? You see, when your life seems to be bursting at the seams, we need the kind of help Paul is describing. It is the help of God found only in the place of intimacy. We call out to Him in our troubles and He begins to hold us in His arms of love. There has never been a better place of comfort and rest than found in the embrace of the Lord. But you might say, ”I need more than a hug, I am in real trouble”. That brings us to the best part, when we are in the embrace of the Lord, His love makes us forget our problems. At the same time, He begins to handle the storm itself, somehow we find ourselves safely transported to His harbor, not really knowing how we arrived. That is the greatness of His kind of help, we came to Him, just looking for a way out of our mess, and suddenly we got more than we ever imagined. He met us in the midst of our storm, maybe that’s why we were there all along.