Lives and livelihoods have been torn apart by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is incredibly good news when we blink away our tears and look beneath the distressing headlines. We have a compassionate Savior who can relate firsthand to pain, disease, and even poverty. Because of his great love for us, Jesus didn’t shy away from hurt. That is one of the things I admire most about Jesus, and that was my thinking behind today’s devotional when I submitted it several years ago. Jesus isn’t an uncompassionate, distant being. He chose to come to rescue of those with troubles—not walk away from them. He also experienced many kinds of hardships in his own body and heart.
Consider a few examples of Jesus’ hardships, which are similar to those we currently face:
Whatever troubles we face, Christ has felt our pain or something very, very close to it. His empathy is just as real as when his feet walked the earth. His compassion is just as tangible as when he healed the many people in the Bible. After all, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV). He is always eager to comfort us, listen to us, and intercede for us.
Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” View a growing list of resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism.