“Let us then approach the 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
Failure! That word could be stamped across the lives of the children of Israel. Sometimes it would refer to their failure to perform. But more often, it would mark their failure to believe. God promised them spiritual fulfillment, but when the Israelites heard His Word, they did not listen with faith and failed to enter into the blessing God had for them.
You and I know how much we fail, too. But we needn’t be marked by a stamp across us that says “failure.” When we hear His Word, we must listen with faith. And don’t try to deceive yourself inwardly, turning away from His good instruction. You can’t fool the Lord. The words of Scripture monitor our hearts, sifting our deepest, most subtle thoughts and attitudes.
God’s complete knowledge of us need not produce fear and shame. We have Jesus who stands in heaven on our behalf. We carry not the stamp that says “failure,” but instead the banner over us proclaiming God’s grace. The flame of our faith often burns feebly. But Jesus never turns His love and approval from us.
Christ invites us to come to Him with confidence so we can find grace in our moment of need.