June 26, 2020
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.
Our first two comforts from this week were:
- Your weakness is not sin.
- Jesus’s mastery over sin drives him to empathy, not judgement
Our third and final comfort this week is that when we, in our weakness, approach God’s throne of grace, we are given help. I don’t know about you, but often when I am stuck in a moment of fear, anger, or hurt, I have trouble seeing my way through. There have even been times when I want to make the right choice, but feel so “in the weeds” I don’t even know what the next step should be. Have you ever found yourself in that place? Have you ever wanted to do the right thing but felt unsure of where to start?
Today’s comfort is a ‘two-for-one’ deal. We can take comfort in knowing our next best step is always, always, always to approach the throne of God. If that feels simplistic, let me challenge you with a simple question. The last time you felt overwhelmed and weak, did you first take it before God? Or did you avoid, indulge, numb out, or lash out? I don’t have to think back more than 24 hours to recall a moment of weakness I wish I had handled better. Is the same true for you?
The second half of this comfort is the promise that mercy and grace are given to us in our time of need. This verse in Hebrews says these prayers are always answered. But it’s important to see what type of prayers it refers to. We aren’t talking about physical healing, material needs, or a miracle. These verses are referencing temptation, weakness, and sin. In those moments, when we approach God’s throne, our prayer should be…
“God, give me grace to make the right choice in this moment.”
“God, help me see your hand at work.”
“God, let me be the woman you want me to be.”
Those are prayers God will always answer. Today, if you experience a challenge, don’t ask God to take it away. Instead ask God what he is doing and who he is calling you to be in the midst of that challenge. Then, take time to listen and respond.