When we are in need, we can feel…
These feelings can cause us to…
- pull back
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:16
God calls us in our time of need to draw near—to come close and to lean into His presence where we find mercy and grace.
God calls us to come confidently. Confidence in this passage is a word that translates free and fearless confidence and a cheerful courage.
We can draw near and find help. The word meaning to aid, help and secure. The word picture for finding help is a nautical term referring to the frapping of a vessel. Frapping means to bind with a view to secure and strengthen.
We can confidently run toward—moving in the confidence and security of who Christ Jesus is and who we are in Him. Our help and hope is found in binding ourselves to the Lord where we find security and strength.
Look at the verses that precede Hebrews 4:16:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:14-15
When you are tempted to flee or withdraw, call out to the Lord and ask Him to draw you close. Embrace the confidence, security, peace and joy found in Jesus’ presence.
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