The attack on the capitol yesterday reminded me how far faithlessness will take us. How pride and power will twist and darken our hearts if we let it. And not just in the people we saw on tv, but in you and me. How if we don’t have faith that all things in heaven and earth are under God’s control, fearful human egos will grasp at their fleeting kingdom instead of standing secure in God’s. So let’s get some faith today.
It’s important to note that the root of the sin that emboldens faithless action, like overthrowing and ransacking our capitol in hate, lives in all of us. Sadly, it doesn’t shock me, but it reminds me the importance of obedience and reflection for each believer. Whose THRONE do I want to succeed? Mine or Jesus’s? And who do I trust TO SIT on that throne? Me or God?
God’s throne is called the “throne of grace”. How different that is than the throne of power man seeks.
Urging us on in prayer and faith, the writer of Hebrews penned, “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.” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
Well I’d say it’s a time of need for our country so let’s dig into this concept.
That word grace (xaris) means reaching out freely in kindness to share a benefit. It literally means God’s throne leans toward you holding out all His goodness freely sharing His inheritance, mercy, and love. So we lack nothing.
If we truly believe that the throne of all time is reaching towards us completely open with everything we need, our hands simply must open and lean back into God to receive.
There’s no grasping for power in God’s kingdom. All is his. There’s no reason for pride, because all His sons and daughters receive what they need. And there’s no room for fear because our Heavenly Father’s in control and His throne is immovable, impenetrable, and eternal.
Lord, may we be confident, faithful, children of God who seek the “throne of grace” above all others vying for our adoration. May we humbly keep our hands out accepting all goodness from our generous Father and look to Him only in our country’s time of need.
May we find unity as one body of believers under God’s reign of our hearts, speech, and action. And comfort in His power knowing He has already overcome all evils of this world. Amen.
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Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.