Confidence in Throne of Grace3rd November 2017
As a whole church, we are encouraged to join the Bible in One Year Program which basically is - read the whole Bible in one year! Although it’s taken me awhile, I recently finished the book of Hebrews and hands down, favourite book so far. Hebrews was written to encourage the readers in response to the threat of persecution by recommitting to the new reality brought by Jesus. The whole book brings hope to me, reminding me again and again the grace of God has so freely given to us. I love how although it was written in response to persecution, it still applies to all the areas of our lives even to today.
It's difficult to only pick one passage to share with you, but this has been the one on my heart:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. - Hebrews 4:16
I think a lot of times we see our God as a distant God.
He’s so powerful and almighty, He can do everything. This same attitude affects us on how we approach God. “Since He’s so powerful, we should just bring the really big issues, not our everyday troubles.”
Or sometimes it’s the other way around. “This thing I’m praying for seems impossible. I will ask anyways, but I’m not really expecting anything.”
We know God is there, but how much faith are we putting in Him? Which is why I love this verse as it reminds me to approach God’s throne of grace with CONFIDENCE. This then links to
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. - Hebrews 11:1
God doesn’t want us to be afraid of Him. He sent His Son to pay the debt of sin just to show how much He loves us. He’s as close to us as you will ever imagine. What God does want, is our confidence in Him. Our confidence in believing in His plan, our confidence in the hope Jesus brings us, and our confidence in knowing He is blessing us. It’s HIS throne of grace, because that’s just who God is - full of mercy and grace.
The Bible laid out a simple formula for us: approach with confidence, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help us. So I encourage you today, and as a reminder for myself, to approach God with steadfast confidence in Him, knowing He has already prepared for us what we need.
Food for Thought: What’s stopping you to approach God’s throne of grace with CONFIDENCE?