Week of March 12
Come On In
by Skip Heitzig
I gave my son Nathan some instructions when he was small. I told him he had my permission to come into my office whenever he wanted, no matter what. I wanted him to know that his concerns and questions were important to me, because he was important to me. And he took advantage of that right—sometimes to the surprise of my visitors or people I was counseling!
Did you know that we have the same access to God? It's true. The God of heaven and earth, the Creator of all that exists, is available to you at all times, for any reason.
Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." The reason we can come "boldly" is in verse 15. "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." That High Priest is Jesus Christ. He understands it all, and He is never surprised at our struggles.
God doesn't condemn us for our sin when we approach the Throne of Grace. After all, when we come to Him, we've already admitted we're in the wrong, we have a problem, and we need His help. If we didn't want to admit we were wrong, we would hide.
That brings me to the scripture that I want you to read. Psalm 139 is full of wonderful truths about God and His knowledge and love for us. Read it over slowly several times and digest it.
Verse 7 in particular stands out. "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" The psalm goes on to explain how that very idea is nonsense. There's nowhere to hide. But that's the great part. Not only is there nowhere to hide, there's no reason to even try. We can come to Him at any time, with any problem.
Are you struggling with a sin? Come to the Throne of Grace. Are you depressed or grieving? Come to the Throne of Grace. Are you angry, or confused, or full of doubt? You guessed it—come to the Throne of Grace. God is waiting there, eager to hear your problem, eager to give you His solution, His care, and His love. You can come anytime.
Isn't that what being a child of God is all about? He's never too busy, and He's never annoyed that you want to talk to Him. What a wonderful God we serve! What a wonderful Father we have!
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