Devotion: Approaching the Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence [boldness], so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

At our 3rdF gathering (Bible study), we chewed on this passage.  As the conversation went on, I was reminded of Esther’s approaching the throne and the threat that it was.  Also, my mind reeled back to reading the Wizard of Oz and Dorthy’s boldness to go before OZ.  And finally my mind settled on a scene from one of Steve Martin’s movies where he grovels on his hands and feet asking for forgiveness…however I have spent the past 2 hours trying to recall that movie rather than focus on this text (YEP, that’s called following the bouncing ball).

The key to understand is to approach a king was a dangerous action.  One does not approach a throne, one is summoned before a king.

This is how counter the Gospel story makes life…we get to approach our King with boldness.  In Hebrews 4:13 we are told that “nothing is hidden from God”–He knows the way we looked at that woman, the way we ran that stoplight on purpose, the frivolous amount of time we spend blogging online–He knows us.  Yet He wants us to approach his throne with boldness.

He does not want us to walk in backwards, or crawl to him…He wants us to come before Him with confidence.

But with humility.  Because we come before Him not as a mighty warrior, but as men and women who need mercy and grace.  As people in need.

So what is the thing hanging on your heart, keeping you awake at night, causing your hair to fall out?  What if you boldly took that before the throne of grace and said “Here God, fix this!”  He already knows you need fixing; let Him.

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