Elisabeth Elliot devotional

'Tis true. None of our problems are unique; someone else has experienced them in some way.

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen

Elisabeth Elliot, A Lamp For My Feet
Hebrews 4:15-16
When we begin to imagine that our own problems are so deep, so insoluble, or so unusual that no one really understands us, we delude ourselves. It is one of the many delusions of pride, for Scripture tells us not only that our High Priest, Christ, has been tempted in every way as we are, but that no temptation has ever come our way that is not common to man. There are no more new temptations than there are new sins. Our story, whatever it is, is an old one, and He who has walked the human road has entered fully into our experiences of sorrow and pain and has overcome them. He has comforted others in our situation, gone with them into the same furnaces and lions' dens, has brought them out without smell of fire or mark of tooth.

It is a bad thing to take refuge in difficulties, thus excusing ourselves from responsibility to others because we think our situation is unique. If we are willing to receive help, our Helper is standing by–sometimes in the form of another human being sent by Him, qualified by Him to help us. It may be a case of our not receiving help because we were too proud to receive the kind God sent. Sometimes we really prefer to wallow.

"Ours is not a high priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who, because of his likeness to us, has been tested every way, only without sin. Let us therefore boldly approach the throne of our gracious God, where we may receive mercy and in his grace find timely help" (Heb 4:15, 16 NEB).

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3 Comments

  1. Fellow Struggler said,

    August 23, 2006 at 11:45 am

    I have no idea exactly what you’re going through and I have no professional skill to say anything useful or enter into regular correspondence … but like me and many others, the answers lie somewhere in the living relationship with Jesus which you seem to have discovered, but the answers don’t all come at once, or when we’d like.
    I found a lot of the images on this blog really helpful in my own struggle …
    http://craftycurate.blogs.com/pilgrims_progress/2006/07/deep_and_hidden.html
    http://craftycurate.blogs.com/pilgrims_progress/2006/03/out_of_my_depth_3.html
    http://craftycurate.blogs.com/pilgrims_progress/2006/02/the_search_for_.html
    Also, this image by Sieger Koder sums it up – when I peer into the darkness, I don’t always realise there is someone down there with me.
    http://www.pauline-uk.org/product.asp?id=2098
    Hang in there …

  2. August 25, 2006 at 8:50 am

    “the answers lie somewhere in the living relationship with Jesus which you seem to have discovered, but the answers don’t all come at once, or when we’d like.”
    Very true, as I am still in the process of learning. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Nena Hotrum said,

    May 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    It’s hard to come by educated people for this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


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