This is Dave Dawson and I’ve got a beautiful verse filled with great news to share with you today. Here it is: Hebrews 4:16 16 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. This verse sings out the awesome benefits of having a relationship with God.
Let’s start with a reality check though: One of the sad facts of life is that we will have conflict at some point in virtually all our relationships. Whether it’s with friends, family or our marriage partner, at some point we will experience misunderstandings, betrayals, and hurtful actions and words. The result of this relational brokenness is separation. We pull away, isolate or avoid the other person. It’s painful!
When we are in a situation of separation, we generally face a fork in the road. Do we just keep going and make no change to that situation? Or, does somebody do something to change the relationship? What is great is when somebody does do something and there is a reconciliation. Our friendship is renewed; our marriage communication is restored; our ability to effectively work with a colleague is put back into place.
The primary relationship that mankind has chosen to break is our relationship with God. Since God is the very source of life, we live everyday with the terrible consequences of that ruptured relationship. If it were up to us, we would unfortunately continue right down that road of separation and suffering as a result.
But God did not make that same choice. Out of his great love for us, God initiated a plan to restore man to himself. It came at a great cost. Jesus, God’s son, gave his life on the cross so that we could be reconciled with God.
For those who have accepted that sacrifice, the results are powerful and far-reaching. Here is our verse again: 16 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.
We should not live as if we are in tension with the Lord. We are told to approach God’s throne with confidence! That means that we do not hesitate, we do not avoid, we do not balk. As we talk to God with confidence, we understand that we are approaching a throne of grace. It is not a throne of judgement. Jesus already took our judgment.
What is the result of our boldly approaching the presence of God? We receive mercy and find grace. We receive mercy: that is, we don’t receive the condemnation that we deserve. We also find grace. That is, we receive good things that we don’t deserve.
Going back to our broken relationships: When we are separated from people we love, it is precisely at times of great need that we most miss out on that person’s relationship. We miss out on their love, their wisdom and their presence.
Our verse for today gives us the wonderful news that we can approach God’s throne to receive mercy and grace precisely in our time of need. It is at our lowest, our most vulnerable and our most brokenness, that we can go into God’s presence in prayer. He promises to help us in our time of need with mercy and grace.
Some of God’s commands are difficult for us to obey. This one should not be difficult. Take advantage of your restored relationship with God! This would be a great new year’s resolution: 16 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.