The Connection Devotional - Week of September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016
Throne of Grace
By Skip Heitzig

When my son, Nathan, was small, I gave him some specific instructions. I told him he had my permission to come into my office whenever he wanted, no matter what, no matter when. I wanted him to know that his concerns and questions were important to me, because he was important to me. And he took advantage of that right—sometimes to the surprise of my visitors or the people I was counseling!

Did you know that we have the same access to God? The God of heaven and earth, the Creator of all that exists, is available to you at all times, for any reason.

Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Verse 15 gives the reason we can come so boldly: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." That High Priest is Jesus Christ. He understands it all, and He is never surprised at our struggles.

God doesn't condemn us for our sin when we approach the throne of grace. After all, when we come to Him, we've already admitted we're in the wrong, we have a problem, and we need His help. If we didn't want to admit we were wrong, we would hide.

When you have a few minutes, read Psalm 139—it's full of wonderful truths about God and His knowledge and love for us. Read it over slowly several times and digest it.

Verse 7 in particular stands out: "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" The psalmist went on to explain how that very idea is nonsense. There's nowhere to hide. But that's the great part: not only is there nowhere to hide; there's no reason to even try. We can come to Him at any time, with any problem.

Are you struggling with a particular sin? Come to the throne of grace. Are you depressed or grieving? Come to the throne of grace. Are you angry, confused, or full of doubt? You guessed it—come to the throne of grace. God is waiting there, eager to hear your problem and eager to give you His solution, His care, and His love. You can come anytime.

Isn't that what being a child of God is all about? He's never too busy, and He's never annoyed that you want to talk to Him. Take a moment today to rest in that love. What a wonderful Father we have!

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