For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Jesus, our High Priest, stands ready to make intercession for us in our time of need. Now when we speak of a “time of need,” we usually think of a time when we lack something, be it a job, healing, etc., but a very critical “time of need” arises every time we face temptation. It is at that point that we need God’s grace to enable us to stand firm and not yield to destructive attitudes or patterns of behavior.

Hebrews 2:16-18 is a powerful affirmation that reads, “for indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” He aids us by removing that alluring deception that is a part of sin. He aids us by amplifying within us His voice that proclaims His uncompromising Truth. The world and our flesh will sometimes embrace standards that are not God’s standards and will want to make an alliance with that which is not wholly God’s way. Shun every such temptation. Live a righteous life that aligns with the Word of God. Our holy God exacts righteous living because it is the highest and best for us.

Titus 3:1-2 reminds us to “be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all.” Let godly living be our goal, and let every temptation be an occasion to call out for help from our High Priest.