Last Sunday evening during our worship in song, one of the songs that we sang together was "No, Not One." The chorus of the song states: "Jesus knows all about our struggles; He will guide till the day is done; There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No, not one! No, not one!"
As we were singing, I thought to myself, "Does Jesus really understand every trouble and struggle I am having?" The answer is a resounding "Yes!"
I don't know what "struggles" you are having in life, but likely it could be fit into one of the following categories:
*Do you have financial struggles? Jesus had them, as well. For example, He knew what it was like to live "hand to mouth" (Matt. 8:20; 17:24-27).
*Do you have family struggles? Jesus had them, as well. For example, He knew what it was like to have His earthly siblings not believe in Him for a while (John 17:5).
*Do you have friend/people/relationship struggles? Jesus had them, as well. For example, He knew what it was like to have His close companions forsake Him just when He needed them most (Matt. 26:31, 56).
*Do you have "enemy" struggles? Jesus had them, as well. For example, He endured the unjust ridicule of those who hated Him without a cause (Matt. 27:15-31; 1 Pet. 2:21-23).
*Do you have spiritual struggles? In a sense, Jesus had them as well. For example, Jesus knew what it was like to be bombarded with temptation after temptation from Satan (Matt. 4:1-10). He also knew what it felt like to struggle with one's own will and the will of God (Matt. 26:38-39).
Take comfort that Jesus, our true friend, understands -- and not only that, He cares and He is always available and willing to help us.
"Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest...For we do no have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Heb. 2:17, 4:15).