Draw Near With Confidence

“Since then 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. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
When I first began traveling in the more remote areas of the world, communication with home was rare and difficult. Talking with my wife meant at least a fifty-mile drive to the nearest government telephone station, usually a wait of up to several hours, and then hoping for a clear connection. Rates were high and reception usually poor.
Technology has changed that greatly. Now there are abundant telephones in most parts of most nations, plus internet, satellite communication and much more. Rates are much more affordable and reception is often excellent. Formerly I was fortunate to hear from home one time on a journey. Now, by one method or another, I communicate nearly every day. And I do communicate. This blessing does not go unappreciated or unused. I can talk to those I love, so I do, often.
What does it say of our spiritual relationship with God when we go days, weeks or longer with hardly a word between us? We have his Word (the Bible) readily accessible almost anywhere and any time. But how often do we listen to him (i.e., read our Bibles)? We can speak to him whenever we choose ?- anytime and any place -? but how often do we utilize this opportunity.
The Hebrew writer reminds us that it is Jesus who is our link to God. He is our perfect High Priest, always in the presence of the Almighty and ready to convey our thoughts and concerns. He loves us, he knows us, and he gives help to us. We can draw near to the throne of God with confidence, not shame or guilt or fear. Why do we not do so more often?
Perhaps it is sometimes that we do not perceive the need. Life may seem good. We may experience few problems and may feel that we are able to handle those that we have. Why pray for that which we don’t need or perhaps even want? Why ask another for what we think we can provide ourselves?
Again it may be that we are not lonely. We don’t hunger for God’s company or long to hear his voice. The companionship of the world is sufficient for us. There is much to do, many distractions to enjoy, and no need to “trouble” our Creator.
Frequently it seems that we are simply not comfortable in God’s presence. We have little to say, perhaps not much common ground. His interests are not ours, his goals are different from our desires. It is not fear or guilt or shame that make us uncomfortable, but simply that we have grown apart. In this case we must always remember that it is not God who has changed. And it is not his goals for us that are suspect.
Regardless of our indifference, God’s throne is open, and Jesus continues to offer us access. If we will return to him, he will listen. There will always be that time of need, and he will always be able and willing to help.

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