"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 4:16 NIV
Early in my career, the management concept of having "open doors" came about. Before that, it was common for managers to come in and close their doors. Unless you had a meeting with them, you weren't likely to see them again until they left for the day. In keeping their doors open, they encouraged greater access, promoting better working relationships between management and the workers. Some managers went along with this concept grudgingly; others embraced it fully. As we read in today's verse, this is not a new concept; God extends to us an "open throne" policy.
Honestly, though, when I think about approaching God on his throne, many emotions come to mind; awe, respect, fear, unworthiness, nervousness, and humility. To be given an audience before the King is an honor and privilege, something not to be taken lightly. So, I confess the word confidence is not the word that comes immediately to mind.
However, in the previous verse, we read, "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." We have an intercessor in Jesus who "gets us." He understands our feelings of timidity that are a result of our sin in approaching the throne. Still, he invites us to come with confidence. We are assured in God's grace; we receive mercy and forgiveness.
God, thank you for providing open access to your throne of grace and for granting us forgiveness. Please help us remember we can approach you with confidence, for we have this assurance through Jesus Christ. Bless us this day as we witness this excellent news to others. Amen.