Finding Mercy

Hebrews 4:15-16
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

So then this is our answer.  Since we are already bare and exposed before the Lord, there is no use holding back.  Since He already knows everything, let us gather up our courage and lay everything out before Him.  Let us dig down deep and bring forth into the light those things we are ashamed of but that He has already seen so clearly.  Because when we bring our struggles to Him, to Jesus our Savior, we are only bringing them to someone who has experienced struggles like unto them.  He faced what we are facing and yet remained in His sinless perfection, so can He not, then, help us to face those same struggles and not sin in the midst of them or because of them?

Jesus depended completely on His Father, and so we must do the same.  We must bow in humble recognition that we are helpless without Him.  We must find a place within the midst of all our weakness where we can admit to it and then surrender it to one so much higher than us.  It is a throne of grace that He sits upon, and instead of handing down judgment, He gives us mercy.  He gives us the grace to endure those infirmities.  He helps us deal with our weakness.  He gives us His strength to overcome whatever we cannot beat on our own.

There is help for us.  But we need to seek it from the Lord, and there is no shame in doing that.  So let us get over our pride or whatever inhibitions keep us at a distance and go into that most holy place that God Himself has invited us into.  Let us stop holding back and closing doors in our hearts and lay it all on the line like we believe what God has told us about our place with Him and what He will do for us.  We are only admitted so freely because of that steep cost that Christ has already paid, so there is no sense in refusing His mercy.

What a privilege we have to go to God not just with praises and thanksgiving and all those things He deserves so much of, but also to seek His help for those weaknesses we all have.  He invites us to do just that, and so we don’t have to be afraid to do so.  It is Jesus who is on that throne, so surely He will have compassion upon us, just as He always did whenever someone came to Him for help.

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