Today I had five minutes to share with a group of full-time CCC staff. My topic: “How have you cultivated your walk with God over the years?” I didn’t have to think very long when Hebrews 4:14-16 popped into my head.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I can’t seem to get over the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, invites us to draw near in our time of need. When we’re frustrated – draw near with confidence; when we’re confused – come close, be assured He’ll hear you; when we’re lonely or frightened – hide under His shadow, protected by His power.
He’s been tempted in EVERYTHING just like us, so He completely understands. Yet, He never sinned. He’s perfectly qualified to hear, answer, give and forgive.
His is a throne of grace – unmerited favor, an undeserved gift; He overflows with mercy in those times of need. I’ve learned and continue to learn that about Jesus. We’ll never know unless we draw near. So, that’s what I told my colleagues.
You know what else I said? Recognize that every single day we need, desperately need, His grace and mercy. He’s always there, He never leaves, He always loves.