Draw Near

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For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul, and of spirit, of joints, and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:12-16

Insight

I have never been one to shy away from meeting someone, even if they carry some fame. I am addicted to concerts. Fortunately, for some of the concerts I have attended, I have been able to meet-and-greet the band. It is awesome to see their reaction when I treat them as normal humans. There are a few who enjoy the fans that go wild and pass out when they meet them, but most of them enjoy the feeling of a normal interaction with another person. I recognize them for their talent, but at the end of the day they are humans just as myself. 

At the end of the day we should feel as though we can approach anyone because they are a human being. Now, if we were given the chance to come before Jesus, how would you react? I do not know about you, but I would have to work over some anxiety. How could I not be nervous? Jesus is all-powerful, sovereign, mighty, eternal, and awesome in every way! 

The author of Hebrews tells us the opposite. In fact, the scripture says to approach the throne of grace with confidence. When we approach the throne of grace we can receive mercy and grace in time of need. These words should hit home for all of us. We live in a pretty ruthless world that does not have a steady flow of mercy and grace. We look around us and see the madness going on in the world and some of us think to ourselves, “Where in the world can I go?”

The place we can go is the throne of Jesus. There is no GPS location for it in Google Maps, because it is accessible from anywhere! Any place where you can get alone with Jesus is where His throne will be. When we get to His throne we can ask Jesus the tough questions swirling through our minds: Why is this tragedy happening in the world? Why do I keep giving into this temptation? Does anyone else in this world know what I am facing? 

The answers to these questions can all be found at the throne of mercy and grace. Sometimes it takes a little while for the first two questions to find their answers, but the answer to the last one is absolutely. 

The beautiful and crazy answer to whether or not anyone knows what you are facing. Yes, Jesus knows what you are facing. Jesus, the One who sits upon the throne of mercy and grace, has faced exactly what you are going through. Jesus faced every single temptation you have ever faced, so when you wonder if anyone gets it, Jesus responds, “I get it.” Those words are medicine to those of us feel defeated by a sin pattern. Jesus not only gets what we are facing, but He ushers us to come to His throne in confidence to receive mercy and grace. When the voice of temptation tries to break through, I run to Jesus’ throne where I hear the voice of my loving Father reminding me that He is the better choice. 

It is appropriate this passage ends with, “...we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need.” For me, I recognize I am always in need of mercy and grace. I truly believe that the best place is at the throne of mercy and grace, spending time with my Father. I do not always get the answers to my questions when I want them, but spending time with Jesus reveals my need to simply be with Him.

Reflection

·     What are your initial thoughts about approaching Jesus at His throne? What experiences have shaped the way you approach the throne of mercy and grace?

·     Take the step towards Jesus and His throne. Mercy, grace, and Jesus Himself are waiting for you to simply be with Him.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the confidence to be able to draw near to Your throne. What an undeserved reality to be at the throne of the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. I praise You for the mercy and grace You pour out to me, and I pray that when the voice of temptation rises, I will run to Your throne. You are the better choice Jesus, and I am grateful for You. I love You Father, and I pray in Your holy name, Amen.

PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.


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