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
This verse comes amid a passage that describes Jesus as our great high priest. One who has ascended into heaven and serves at the heavenly sanctuary. And he is a high priest who can empathize with our struggles because he has gone through them himself. Although he never succumbed to sin.
Because Jesus is our great high priest, we can confidently approach God’s throne of grace. Grace is a word that means kindness or favor toward someone. So the throne of God’s grace would paint a picture of a monarch who wants to help his people. To bless them and help them to be successful. Because of Jesus, we can come before a God who loves us. Who welcomes us into his presence. And who has good gifts to bestow on us. We can come, not as beggars hoping for a handout, but with confidence, knowing that God looks on us with favor.
In particular, we will receive God’s mercy and grace that will see us through the challenges we face as people and as believers. This is not a promise of health and prosperity. But it is an assurance that God will provide us with all that we need to live fruitful and productive lives as his children. “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.“