There is more than one kind of heart failure.
One understands this, of course. There are times when anxiety, sadness, fear consumes us and we are not even able to look up to formulate the words for help.
David understood this. There were O so many times in his life, especially when running from Saul, when his heart simply failed him. I bet when Absalom was in rebellion against him he once again felt that intense anxiety of too much in his life that was rapidly spinning out of control.
“My iniquities have taken such a hold on me that I am not able to look up…my heart has failed me and forsaken me.” Ps. 40:12
It is at those times that we MUST remember this Truth:
In a sense, it doesn’t even matter if you aren’t able to even look up due to heart failure. Because even heart failure can’t keep Him from you.
The disciples had heart failure, went into an upper room and locked the door. But locked doors are nothing to Him – He can, and does, come through any wall to reach us. Even walls we have ourselves put up.
And Hebrews 4 tells us that He understands.
NOT that He walks away.
NOT that He shakes his head at our pathetic-ness.
“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a fellow feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One who has been tempted in every respect as we are.”(Hebrews 4)
NOTE: He understands BOTH our weaknesses and our infirmities.
NOTE: He understands our being liable, vulnerable to temptations.
NOTE: The temptations are strong enough to be called “assaults” – a battle term.
He knew life would be just this hard.
And He breaks through even our weaknesses and infirmities and says, “O My beloved. Come get what I am so ready to give. Take the mercy. Accept the help” (the Message)
“That we may receive mercy for our FAILURES and find…appropriate and WELL-TIMED help, coming just when we need it.”
You are His little one and He understands…