How Do We Know That God Can Sympathize with Our Weaknesses?

Since God is perfect and never does anything wrong, can He really understand our struggles in life?



00:06 So how do we know that God Himself can sympathize with our weaknesses? One of

00:15 the most frustrating things for me in being in a friendship with God is that

00:21 whenever anything goes wrong, it's always my fault. God's perfect. Nothing goes

00:30 wrong for Him. He never makes any mistakes. He knows everything. He's got

00:34 all power. Everything is just right with Him. Anything goes south, it's always on

00:38 my shoulders. And that will give us sometimes the the tendency to think, well

00:44 God doesn't understand. I mean, He might know academically because He's

00:51 omniscient, but empathizing, sympathizing, being in it with us, knowing how we feel,

00:58 experiencing that with us, well, that's something that He is simply not capable

01:02 of doing. He's way out there. Okay, now the answer to that is actually quite

01:08 unique, in a way. Sympathy, like empathy I think, they're similar, is the ability to

01:16 feel for another person because you've been there yourself. Now, has God been

01:23 there before the incarnation? No. After the incarnation? Absolutely. In fact,

01:35 you can read in Hebrews chapter 2, I think it's 14 through 18 right in

01:40 there, that the Son took on flesh and blood to be like us, to endure what we

01:52 endure, to feel what we feel, to experience what we experience, so that

02:03 as the text says – and by the way, the experiences of temptation as well.

02:10 Temptation beyond what any of us would ever experience because remember, Jesus

02:15 had the power to do a whole lot of things we couldn't do. Turning stones

02:22 into bread - that's not a temptation for me. I don't know about you, but I can't do

02:25 that. Jesus could but said no. So He's got more temptation.

02:29 He's been tempted in all ways like as we are but without sin, so now He's able to

02:34 run to the cry, the writer of Hebrews says, of those who are tempted. Now we've

02:40 got a great High Priest in Jesus, the God Man who knows, who's experienced it, who

02:48 has been there in spades, so to speak, so that He can understand,

02:53 and this is why Jesus says come unto me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I

03:08 will give you rest. Do you think Jesus understood what it was like to be weary,

03:16 to be heavy laden, to in a certain sense, I don't know if overwhelmed is

03:21 quite the right word, but severely put upon? Every kind of distress that you

03:29 could possibly imagine in terms of the category. Whether it was physical

03:34 suffering, emotional suffering, friends leaving, friends dying, people turning

03:40 against you, living perfectly without ever doing anything wrong and people

03:46 leveling charges that were undeserved at you. Charges that were so severe they

03:53 called for the death penalty which He suffered. No, Jesus gets it. Jesus can

04:00 sympathize. Can God sympathize? Yes, the God Man, Jesus

04:07 of Nazareth, knows, understands, and can sympathize with us. Good thing. Good thing.

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Greg Koukl