When you’re in over your head, who do you go to?
You go to someone you know personally, who is trustworthy, and who has a track record of being helpful.
I think that one of the reasons we don’t open up to God and invite him into our most desperate places is because, perhaps, we don’t truly know his heart. We think he’s too distant, too abstract, too severe, or maybe even too apathetic.
One of the reasons Hebrews 4:16 is so beautiful is because it gives us a powerful glimpse into God’s heart: “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.”
God’s throne is the place from which he rules and cares for his creation. It is a throne of… grace! In other words, he shows his children a generosity they don’t even deserve. Yes, he is Lord God the Almighty, but he is also our Father because, in Christ, he has adopted us into his family.
We can therefore approach his throne with confidence calling out “Father!” as we do so.
When you know God’s heart you’re more likely to open yours.
Bring him your fears, your worries, your tears, your pleadings.
The one who is on the throne has you in his heart. As a result, you can approach it (and him) with confidence.
–PODCAST: What did Jesus mean when he said to store up treasures in heaven? This podcast/blog tries to provide an answer. You can subscribe to ‘The Pulse Podcast’ on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or Google Podcasts, or you can listen in by going here.
–SERMON: Today’s devotional is connected to my sermon from October 17, 2021 and is called “You go to who you know.” Click here to watch or listen.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.