Don’t Be Afraid of God

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

Back in the days of kings and queens, a lowly commoner could not approach the king or queen while they sat on their thrones. Commoners were unworthy. How much less would a commoner approach the throne if he broke the law and deserved to be punished.

We might feel afraid to approach God on his throne. He is holy. We are not. We have sinned by breaking God’s laws and deserve to be punished. But standing next to God’s throne is Jesus. He is our mediator, our defense attorney, our Savior. As we approach God’s throne, Jesus says, “This is the one I was telling you about. I took all his sins away from him and carried them to the cross where I paid for them completely. Look at the nail wounds as proof. His sins are forgiven. There is nothing left to punish.”

That is grace, undeserved love. We don’t need to be afraid to approach God’s throne. We can approach with confidence. His is a throne of grace. We approach knowing that God’s grace gives us the forgiveness that we need all the time.

Many people picture God as only an angry judge who will punish you if you aren’t good enough. Many people view churches as places that just tell you that you aren’t good enough and use threats to make you do better. But not you, you stand before the throne of grace and find mercy from your Savior.

How wonderful that we can tell our children that they don’t need to be afraid of God. When you forgive them even though they have been naughty, when you sing “Jesus loves me” to them, when you show them love even when they aren’t being loving toward you, when you tell them what Jesus did for them, you are teaching them what grace is. Jesus died on the cross to take away their sins so they can go to heaven. They don’t have to be afraid of God. He gives them everything they need to live forever. That is God’s message from his throne of grace and it brings confidence.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus for your grace which moved you to pay for all of my sins. I don’t have to be afraid of you. Nor do the children, because you Jesus took all their sins away, too. Help me to share that grace with the children that we might live together forever in heaven with you. Amen.

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