Coming to His throne of grace
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 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 4:12-16
Faith is “resting on God.” It means to stop from self-directed activities and trust in the ability of the One whose life you have. This is what Christ had accomplished on your behalf when you trusted what He has done on the cross so you could receive the life that He alone could provide. That is what life of rest is all about; trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ who has come to dwell in your heart. This is what the writer of Hebrews was trying to convey to his readers. Now because of His life that is in you, you have the responsibility to stop justifying or make excuses when you are living not in accordance with His will. In fact as the writer of Hebrews said, “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” (v. 13). God knows your weaknesses and He knows what temptations fall heavy upon you. God knows your propensity to easily give in to temptations. Living the Christian life is not just difficult; it is impossible to live by. This is why God made a provision. Instead of giving in to pressures and making excuses when you fail, the writer says that you can go to the High Priest who is there to make you strong so you could overcome. “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” (v. 16). God is in His throne of grace. He has the authority to provide you the strength that you need and He does this because of His grace. God welcomes you to His presence so you could receive the help you need in time of need.