Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
by Michael Hume 8/27/2012 / Christian Living
"Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" asked Jesus. Acts 9:4
Saul, later named Paul was persecuting Jesus's followers. But when Jesus appeared to him in a bright light he asked why Saul was persecuting him. Jesus felt the persecutions of his followers personally.
Now Jesus feels our trials deeply. When we hurt, he hurts as much as us. If ours is intense and acute pain and discomfort then he feels the same.
"We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15. Jesus went through a range of trials on earth, so he is able to sympathise when we come to him with our concerns about trials. Not only that but Jesus now hurts with us in our trials. So He is doubly suited to help us.
God "Will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthians 10:13. Though the trial might seem long, hurtful and unbearable, God will enable you to endure it. Then He will provide a way out. Either you go away from the trial or the trial goes from you.
God is obliged to keep His word. If He has promised to bring you out of a trial, He will.
Michael Hume. Christian since 1987, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. abelongs to author.