3rd January 2013.
Key Passage: Hebrews 4:14-16 – 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.
Today, we see an amazing call by the writer of Hebrews to all believers in Christ Jesus to come boldly before the throne of grace. This is a loaded promise and worthy of further dissection.
Firstly, as a child of God, His throne for us is not a throne of judgement. It is not a place of condemnation. It is not a place of criticism. It is not a place of pain or punishment. It is a throne of grace. Unmerited favour and God’s good disposition towards us. This truth must be etched into our hearts as we are coming to a God who is no longer angry, but pleased by Jesus’ sacrifice. So we are coming to the God of Grace, who sits on the throne of Grace.
Secondly, the command is to come boldly, that means, without reservation, without cringing fear, open and plain as we are. So many people fear going into God’s presence, because they are expecting condemnation. God is not the one who condemns, that is the devil’s work. So come boldly to the throne of Grace.
Thirdly, we go there to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Here the concept of double grace comes into view again. First we must understand the word mercy here. It simply means the compassion, forgiveness and pardon of God wrapped up in one word. So we obtain mercy for our past sins and shortcomings. So your past has no right to stop you from coming to God. There is mercy. On the throne of grace is the mercy seat. Wow!
But more importantly is the grace we receive. Grace is both favour and empowerment and it pertains more to our present and future. So in essence, you get mercy for your past and grace for your today and tomorrow. I felt God speak to my heart this morning, saying, “I am not lamenting about your past, its already past, but I’m excited about your present and future, because I have made plans to fix your past and much more in your future.” So move forward to your future.
Today, let’s come boldly to the throne of grace and find mercy for the past and grace for a glorious, exciting and fruitful future.
Let us Pray: Dear Father, You are amazing! I thank You for allowing me to see that Your throne is a throne of grace and that I can obtain mercy for my past and grace for my future there. Thank You. Today, I renew my mind with Your word and ask for the grace to always come boldly to Your throne of grace. I thank You for the great plans You have for my present and my future and I believe that sometime in my future when I look into my past, I would see how You have fixed my past. I love You. In Jesus name I have prayed. Amen