Midweek Morsel: God’s Throne of Grace


I have a tendency to approach God at times like He is a disapproving parent or some other harsh authority figure—a boss or a teacher, etc. I forget how much he loves me. I feel like he’s thinking instead of all my faults.

As a result, instead of running into his open arms with the abandon of a dearly loved child as I pray, I enter his presence with eyes downcast, weighed down by a load of guilt and feelings of failure.

But when that happens, I have it all wrong. This is how scripture tells us we can approach 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

What will we find at God’s throne? Grace, mercy, help. God wants us to approach him with confidence so he can freely give us his unconditional love. So let’s lift up our heads and eagerly run to the One who loves us like no other.

*How can we remind ourselves of God’s great love, mercy, and grace?

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  1. Hi Cheryl,

    I love Jesus’ example of calling God, “Abba” Daddy. That brings such a freeing feeling of grace and confidence in approaching him.

    Re your comment on my post “The First Time I Ever Prayed THAT Before a Vacation,” how neat that you got to see Lake Erie, and spend time in the national park. Isn’t it refreshing to have time in the beautiful outdoors? Ahh… :)

    I have been noticing the birds in my backyard this summer, and it makes me think of you too.

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jennifer, thanks for mentioning God’s “Abba” name. It’s just one more thing that adds to our understanding of what a loving God he is, isn’t it? Also so neat to hear you’re noticing the birds in your yard this summer and then thinking of me. Big smile over here! :)

  2. Being in His Word is the best way for me to be reminded of His love, grace, mercy, and help. When I’m not in His Word, I’m much more likely to be distracted by satan and the lies he wants me to believe.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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