Heb. 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We are always in need of help, the Lord has ample help available for us and is always willing to help us in our struggles in this crazy world. In today’s verse, Paul describes for us the real, tangible help available to us in the presence of God. Because He is our faithful high priest, we can come into His presence, our sins have been removed, and we can find supernatural assistance in all of life’s endeavors. Paul describes this help even further in Romans 8:26, he says that the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. This word “helps” is a translation of the greek word “sunantilambanomai”, it is a powerful word describing God’s intervention into our lives. The word describes someone pulling together with us against whatever weaknesses we are dealing with in our lives. What a powerful promise and benefit!. He helps us, I mean really helps us through the mine fields that are scattered across our world.
In 1 John, John describes help that we receive from our Heavenly High Priest when we sin. He said we have an advocate (parakletos) with the Father. Here is a definition of this powerful word from Dick Mills.
ADVOCATE- HELPER –PARAKLETOS
“The word signifies an intercessor, comforter, helper, advocate, counselor. In non-biblical literature parakletos had the technical meaning of an attorney in court on another’s behalf. The Holy Spirit leads believers to a greater apprehension of gospel truths. In addition to general help and guidance, He gives the strength to endure the hostility of the world system.”
What a powerful promise from the Lord. He is our intercessor, praying for us to His Father. He is our comforter, comforting and encouraging us with His nearness. He is our helper, He helps us with His love and His power in our daily activities and challenges. He is our advocate, He represents me before the Father. How much better could it be? Christ’s perfection is seen as mine by my Father in heaven. And finally, He is my counselor. Because I have access into His presence by His blood, I can now hear His voice. He speaks and we are strengthened. His words are counsel to our souls. Not only does He give us accurate information and answers, His words strengthen us to do His will.
So I have to agree with Paul, we can find grace to help in our time of need. What kind of help are you needing today? Go ahead, ask Him. I promise, you will never be disappointed, He always answers. Just ask and you will find yourself suddenly in His presence, the place where we find help and encouragement for our souls.