Note: The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals from October 24-30 are written by Andy Kim. Andy, a graduate of Northwestern University, is about to complete his M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently serving as a staff at Radiance Christian Church in San Francisco, CA.
Devotional Thought for Today
16 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.
The hit TV show “Shark Tank” has tested the confidence and abilities of many entrepreneurs. The premise of the show is that individuals would pitch their ideas and business models to a group of successful investors. Many of these individuals have prepared their entire lives for this moment, hoping that their innovation would impress the investors. They are then questioned, tested, and scrutinized—but afterwards, many are left with their dreams shattered (probably the reason for the show’s name). It is a brutal process, but this is work. For us students, it’s a lot like taking a test. The amount you prepare and study will determine your confidence going into the test; but even then, you may not get the results you want. Regardless of how much effort you put into it, the output or the product is how we are measured.
Thankfully, this is not the case when it comes to approaching God. The writer in this passage speaks to a confidence that the believer holds when approaching God’s throne. Contrary to the world, our confidence does not lie in our work or even our abilities. Rather, our confidence stems from the finished work of Christ; and upon Christ’s finished work we are judged. This attitude is not one of pride but of humble reverence for God, for we are able to enter His presence with freedom and without the fear of condemnation. For many of us, approaching God is difficult because we feel unworthy or even unprepared to come to Him. At the core of these excuses are two misunderstandings: First, that we can approach Him based on our works; or second, that Christ’ work is not sufficient for us. The throne that God chooses to sit on is not of just power and glory but of grace. It is in this grace that we are accepted into His chambers, where God provides for even our smallest needs. May we not be deceived by the enemy by turning to our own abilities and effort, or think that we are not worthy enough to come to Him. Instead, through the dwelling of Christ in our hearts, may we receive the measure of all the fullness of God! (Eph 3:19).
Spend some time reflecting on your attitude when you enter into His presence. Do you go straight into a laundry list of items to pray about? Do you feel disconnected from Him at times? If so, may this passage remind us that we come to the Father through Christ alone, and we can come to Him in complete freedom without fear.
Lord, thank You for Your grace. We confess that we are unworthy, and many times we come to You with wrong motivations. Yet we look to Jesus Christ who made a way for us. Help us to never depend on our abilities but to fully trust in You. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Mark 7-8