DayBreaks for 4/19/16 – I Need Somebody
When was the last time you needed somebody? If you live in America, it may have been a while since you have really needed someone. I mean REALLY NEEDED someone. With so many of life’s necessities and even luxuries so readily available to us, we can usually just go and get our food from the store, our clothing, just about anything that we “need” or want. It is dangerous, because it creates an illusion of self-sufficiency that can be very harmful.
And so, the times when we really need someone are typically times when we are afraid. When we face something that is bigger than we are, that we can’t just wrestle to the ground with our muscles or figure out with our brains. Fear, perhaps like nothing else, can drive us to look to someone or something for help.
The story is told of a little boy who became very frightened one night when he heard and felt the thunder shake the house. Like most of us did when we were little, he ran to his parents bedroom and begged them to let him sleep in their bed. “I’m scared,” he said, “I have to sleep with you.” His parents leaned over and said, “Go back to your room and remember that Jesus is with you. There’s no reason to be scared.” The little boy stared at them with a pleading look on his face and said, “I know Jesus is with me, but right now I need somebody with skin on!”
How wonderful – and how honest. First of all, when we are afraid, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus “had skin on” – Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV) – Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. We can find His grace and mercy when we are in need – whether it is need of provision or deliverance from fear. That’s why God gave us Jesus and became one of us!
Secondly, there are times in this world where we walk by faith and not by sight, when we need someone with “skin on.” And that’s why God gave us one another!
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, please help us to run to Jesus when we are afraid, and help us to be someone with “skin on” for those who are around us who are frightened and who need comfort. Clothe us in Jesus’ likeness that we can minister to those held captive by fear and need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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