May 22, 2020
Come to the Throne of Grace
By Skip Heitzig
When my son, Nathan, was small, I told him he had my permission to come into my office whenever he wanted, no matter what. 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 this freedom—sometimes to the surprise of my visitors or the people I was counseling.
Did you know that you have the same access to God? The Lord 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 what we're going through, and He is never surprised at our struggles.
Not only that, but God also 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 that, we would try to hide.
In Psalm 139, David asked the Lord, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" (v. 7). He went on to explain how the very idea of trying to hide from God is nonsense. There's nowhere to go. But that's the great part. That's why we can come to Him at any time, with any problem.
Are you struggling with a particular sin today? 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 give you His solution, His care, and His love. You can come anytime.
This is what being a child of God is all about. He's never too busy to listen to you, and He's never annoyed that you want to talk to Him. So take a moment today to thank Him for that and rest in the love He has for you.
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