January 27, 2017

Hebrews 4:15-16: “15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”

Notice the last two words, “proper time.”  This struck me as odd because I never thought that we needed grace and mercy at a “proper time.”  I mean, let’s be honest, we need grace and mercy ALL the time.  However, look at the beginning of verse 16.  We are encouraged to approach the throne with boldness.  The word “approach” implies that we have to take action and move towards Jesus.  Yes, He paid the ultimate price for our sins and there is no way we can earn salvation, but we still have to open up that line of communication.

What if we constantly approached God with everything in our lives?  What if God was the first person we ran to when we messed up….rather than the last?  Jesus was God in human form. He knows exactly what it’s like!  Ask God to reveal His grace and mercy to you in a specific way.  Open up the lines of communication now.  And when the proper time comes, whether it is deep hurt, loss, or regret, you will know the grace and mercy of the Father. Perfect love casts out fear.

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