Imagine Devotional Day Ten

The Verse:

Hebrews 4:15-16:  “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

The Illustration:

There was a farmer who had a beautiful Golden Retriever named Cindy. She had a litter of puppies and when they were old enough to be weaned, the farmer put a sign in his yard that said, “Puppies For Sale.”

One day a little boy knocked on the farmhouse door and when the farmer opened the door the little boy said, “Hi Mister, I’d like to buy a puppy!” The farmer could see from the looks of the little boy that he was poor.

The farmer smiled and said to the boy, “Son, I’m afraid you couldn’t afford one of my puppies. You see, their mother is a champion and the puppies are worth a lot of money.” The little boy dug deep down in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I got twenty-five cents, Mister. Will that at least buy me a look?”

“Sure it will, Son.” The farmer replied. So, he stepped down off the porch and led the little boy around back. Then the farmer whistled and called, “Here, Cindy.” From a big dog house at the back of the yard, came running the most beautiful dog the little boy had ever seen, and right behind her came five adorable puppies.

The boy knelt down and squealed with delight as the puppies jumped all over him, licking his face.

Then he looked up, and standing at the door of the doghouse was another puppy that was much smaller than the rest.

When this puppy started down the ramp of the doghouse, he just rolled head over heels onto the ground. The little puppy picked himself up and tried to run to join his brothers and sisters, but he stumbled a lot and ran sideways. As the puppy jumped into the little boy’s arms, the child screamed, “This is the one I want, oh please, Mister, this is the one I want.”

“But, Son,” the farmer said, “you don’t want this puppy. You see, he is the runt of the litter and he will never be able to run and play with you like these others.”

The little boy slowly stood up and pulled up the leg of his pants to reveal a brace on his one of his legs. “See, Mister, I don’t run so good either and I just thought he needed somebody who could understand.”

The Application:

Say: “The Bible tells us that Jesus came willingly to this earth to take on the handicaps of this life so that He could identify with our pain and understand our problems.”

Ask family members if that fact makes it easier for them to trust God to meet their needs. Why, or why not?

The Quote:

“Christ’s love is like a river that never stops flowing.”  – Jonathan Edwards

The Prayer:

“Father, we thank you for sending Jesus to earth, not just to be our Savior but to identify with all our hurts. Thank you that we can trust a Savior who understands to care about, and to meet, all our needs.”