Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
There is a picture of President John Kennedy sitting at a boardroom table, surrounded by kings, rulers and dignitaries of various nations from around the world. What is remarkable about the picture is that the president’s attention is not with the most powerful men of the world, but his attention is on his child who is sitting on his lap.
The young Kennedy was able to go to his father, even though his father was conducting business that affected the entire world. Nothing was so important - not even the affairs of the greatest nation on Earth - that he could not take the time to pay attention to his son.
This is the type access that we have to the Father of the universe, to God himself.
It is not because we are worthy, or because there is something the father needs from us. It is rather, because of who the Father is.
We may approach the throne of grace with confidence – the King James Version says Boldness - and either word is fine. It is not with an arrogant type confidence or boldness. Rather, it is the type of confidence that is fully assured that we are invited, expected and accepted even before we arrive.
And once there we may speak with confidence, in a free manner in which there is no condemnation. We need not put on airs or try to impress. When we can approach the throne with childish innocence and recklessness, then we can truly enter God’s rest, and receive help in time of need.
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