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.(Hebrews 4:15-16)
We know that the Bible teaches us to come boldly unto the throne of grace, but what does that mean? Some would argue that it gives us the right to demand of God whatever we need. Some would say that it means that we should no longer fear God. I have a different, and I believe, more Biblical take on this passage.
Jesus is our high priest. He sits on the right hand of the throne of God and makes intercession for us. But more than that, he experienced the pain, temptation, and struggles of mankind; and although He did not give in, nor sin in any point, he knows exactly how we feel. He has been touched by our feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, temptation, discouragement, depression. He completely understands us.
Because of this, we can come to the throne of grace, to God our Father, through Jesus our High Priest, with confidence that He will completely understand our trials, our hurt, our needs, and will completely provide for our protection, our help in our time of need. This is a promise, something of which we can be assured and in which we can have complete confidence. We can have boldness in the face of our problems because we have a Saviour who completely understands us and promises to help us through.
Whatever you’re facing today, remember: If you are God’s child, you have already overcome this world and all of its problems, temptations, and hurt. You are not damaged goods, you are God’s Child. Approach the throne of God’s grace with confidence that He will hear and answer you, and provide your need.