The Throne of Grace

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It doesn’t matter how many preachers, psychologists and television talk show hosts tell you that you are good enough, you’re not. I know that sounds harsh and unloving (considered by our culture to be the greatest of sins). I think that when we tell everyone how great they are and that nothing they do is wrong, we are lying to them. Everyone reading these words has fallen short, stumbled, embarrassed themselves, and lives with regret. That’s why you’re not OK. If you could manage to be OK, without fault or regret, you would be the first. Not the first to think they had, but the first to do it.

*You’re not good enough to make the team.

*You aren’t smart enough to pass the test.

*You aren’t pretty enough to win the beauty contest.

*You don’t sing well enough to keep from being voted off the show.

*You keep hanging on to a certain sin or two and won’t let go of it come hell or high water. Or even just hell.

In a word, you are weak.

God communicates to us through the writer to the Hebrews that He knows we have messed our lives up pretty rigorously. His son, Jesus, has had a 33 year experience with what it is like to be human (Only, without the weakness and sin). So He empathizes – he not only knows what you’re going through, He knows how it feels. He experienced some non-sinful weakness of his own. Hunger, thirst, disappointment, questioning, the pain of betrayal, and physical exhaustion and suffering. Jesus understands weakness.

So come in and stand near the throne of grace. “Throne of grace” … at once a place of holiness and acceptance, powerful commanding and a helpful hand outreaching. You’re not good enough to come into this room, you know. Yes, you know better than anyone. And HE knows. But it’s not just a throne. It’s a throne of grace. God wants you to come in near to Him in all of his thundering holiness and might, and to do so confidently. Not confident in yourself, but sure that He wants you here… and that you will find the things that will allow you to stay here:

*Grace – the favor of the King rests upon you, and it is inexhaustible. The flowing fountain of grace covers you because it’s wellspring is not your goodness, but His. And that is endless.

*Mercy – that’s what all sinners need, the withholding of judgment and wrath. The very nature of mercy is to recognize that you do not deserve it. Yet here it is, flowing freely as you confidently come before your Father.

*Help – not fixing everything the way you think it ought to be. Sometimes not fixing anything, except you. In your time of need, He stands ready to see you through.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 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. ~Hebrews 4:14-16

The good news for people who aren’t good enough is that you’ve been summoned into the highest court of the land. You’ve been informed that you can enter this meeting with your head held high. Not out of pride, but out of confidence. The King has arranged for you to have an audience with Him. He knows you best and loves you most.

In your weakness, failure, and need, come now into the throne room of the Almighty. Stand before the Throne of Grace. And smile. You were never good enough to the world, but you’re good enough for God.

Thanks for reading,

marchjohn

 

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