The Throne (11/2/13)

Read: Ezekiel 3:16-6:14, Hebrews 4:1-16, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 26:27

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
(Hebrews 4:13-16)

Relate: There are some things that I feel like I am really good at. Asking for help is not one of them. I hate asking for help. I hate it. I think the biggest reason for that is my pride. Another part of is the crazy belief that if I don’t have to ask others for help then I will never be disappointed if they can’t. There are some very stupid moments of my past I would never regret today if I had only swallowed my pride and got help. This is a bad trait to have when it comes to my relationships with others. It is far, far worse when it comes into play when dealing with my heavenly Father. I need His help. We all do.

React: There is a step by step build up in the verses for today:
13 – There is no way to hide from God.
14 – Jesus is our intercessor (high priest).
15 – He knows what I’m going through.
16 – Come to Him with confidence.

Before asking me to come to Him, God takes away all the reasons why I wouldn’t. I say, “Nobody can know about this.” He says, “I already do.” I say, “Nobody can do anything about it.” He says, “I can and I will.” I say, “Nobody can understand what I’m going through.” He says, “I’ve been there. So come to me, there’s no excuse not to.”

Respond: 
God, I cry out to You again. You see my needs, my faults, and my failures. You care far more deeply about my well being than I ever could. And You can act. Nothing is too difficult for You. Help me to be willing to lay bare all my faults and all my needs before You. I’m sorry for my hesitancy to spend time at Your throne. Help me to truly understand that with You is the best place I can ever be.

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