God Hears and Understands
In the Passover Seder, the unleavened bread is called The “Bread of Our Affliction.” It is to remind us of how the people of Israel suffered during their slavery in Egypt. They bore painful sorrows in their hearts and heavy burdens on their backs.
Today, our physical burdens may not be as substantial as those of Israel in Egypt, but each one of us bears burdens of the heart. Loss, illness, rejection, physical pain, sorrow – there are plenty of “afflictions” to go around in a world tainted by sin and death. But Yeshua (Jesus) knows the load you carry. And He knows what it’s like to be afflicted.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our pains. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted.”
He knows what it’s like to be tempted too.
“For we do not have a kohen gadol (high priest) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all the same ways – yet without sin.”
Hebrews chapter four goes on to say, “Therefore, let us draw near to the throne of grace with boldness so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Yeshua is there for you when you go through the tough times of life. He is there to help carry the loads too heavy for you.
He knows the limits of your strength (Psalm 103:14), and He is ready to supply you with His (Philippians 4:13). Cast your worries and the weight of your burdens upon Him, because He loves you (1 Peter 5:7).
Go to Him today with anything troubling you, and thank Him for His immeasurable understanding and love.
Passover Prayer for Day 2
Thank You, Yeshua, that You know me so well, including my hurts and my limits. Thank You for welcoming my cares and worries and for letting me cast them on You. Thank You for helping me through the hard things this life throws at me. Thank You that You never leave me but are always with me to love and strengthen me. Thank You for entering into my sufferings in this life by enduring Your own afflictions. Thank You for loving me that much.