Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
I’m back at the throne of grace, and with good reason. Now, I’m not in the throes of a world-ending spiritual crisis or anything. No, it’s just Friday and I’m still breathing. And that’s what I want to touch on today. I’m writing this for me, a reminder that I sorely need more often than not. The crux is simple: I will need the throne of grace as long as I live on this earth.
For a long time, I thought that my unending desire to get cleaned up, cleaned out and made shiny once and for all was just me. But I don’t think so anymore. I’ve talked to too many people who’ve expressed frustration that no sooner do they believe themselves to be rid of some stronghold or festering wound, then it’s back in their faces again. I’ve said (and heard), “I thought I was done with that!” more times than I can accurately recall. The whole human race seems to have a desire to reach the great and final shiny point, the condition that can only mean that at last, we’ve reached the pinnacle and all is well. But that will never happen.
We will need the throne of grace as long as we live on this earth. There’s no way around it, and that’s by design. As long as I can access my old woman with a single thought, I NEED GOD. I need His grace and mercy, His wisdom and longsuffering, His chastening and protection. Above all else, I need His love. I need Him.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Romans 8:29-30 NASB
I love this promise because it’s so thorough. I belong to God and have since before the world ever was. He’s promised to take me from His dream into reality and then beyond. That’s absolutely incredible! What He did NOT promise to do is put me beyond the need of Him.
I will never NOT need God. And that’s not because I’m some hopeless mess who even God can’t fix. It’s all part of His perfect and glorious plan. We are held and promised and there is grace abundant for us all every day. We are not a disappointment to God, only to our own pride. There’s no escaping my need, but there’s also no crisis.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.
Romans 5:10 AMP