Blessings From The Throne

There are two reasons to come to the Throne that are found in Hebrews 4:16. The first is: “….that we may obtain mercy.” The second is that we come to: “….find grace to help in time of need.” There are two candidates for mercy and for grace to help in time of need. The first is the sinner who is ready to receive salvation. The requirement is that he or she will admit to their sin(s), and turn to Jesus as Savior and Lord. The result is that they will obtain mercy and all the grace that is needed to experience His working in their lives each day. The second is the saved person who needs to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The requirements are confessing any sins and turning from them. The result is that God’s mercy and forgiveness will be theirs! They will find grace to help them live Godly and help in all areas of need. However, the matter of grace for needs calls for some explanation. We consider many things to be needs. God knows which ones are real needs. He has promised to supply those needs, and He will in His way and His time. (He will sometimes supply our wants but that is not a guarantee for all wants). Sometimes the grace that He provides is to teach us to be patient and trusting. It is to enable us to trust when He says: “No!” or “Wait.” That grace is sometimes for a long wait. This kind of grace tests our faith and rewards us for trusting His love and wisdom even when we can’t understand. It trustingly accepts that He knows what is best for us, even when it doesn’t seem right to us. We may often have to return to the Throne to be reassured. His grace is sufficient for that need as well. In the hymn, “Trusting Jesus,” by Edgar Page Stites, we have insight into what it means to trust, no matter what: “Simply trusting ev’ry day, trusting thru a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus  — that is all. Trusting as the moments fly  trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesus — that is all.” Selah! This kind of trust will prove to us, who are His, the wonder and power of His mercy and grace.   Ron

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