Jan 14, 2011

Come and Get It!

Jeff is a pastor who lives an hour or so away from his parents. Jeff knows that when he comes home, he can do so fearlessly and confidently and boldly.

Every time that Jeff comes home to his parents house, he bounces up the stairs and says; “Mom, Dad, I’m home!” and he is greeted with hugs and kisses from parents who are so glad that Jeff stopped by to visit.

Jeff immediately goes to the refrigerator and gets some cookies to eat. After that, Jeff then goes to the freezer and gets some ice cream; simply because he "needs some". Then Jeff goes and gets some dry roasted nuts hidden in the upper cabinet because he "needs some”. Jeff knows that his mother hides the food, but always in the places that he knows to look.

And then, when all of his needs are met, he sits down in the living room and his parents always ask; “How are you doing, Jeff? How are the kids? How is your wife? How are things going at the church? How can we pray for you?”

Jeff thinks that THIS is how God our Heavenly Father wants us to come to spend time with Him; fearlessly and confidently and boldly. And then after all of our needs are met, we can sit and hear God ask us how things are going and how can He help us.

Most of us would love to approach our Heavenly Father like that, but we were told not to run, and to be quiet in the house, and to wait until supper. And, even if we could find the food; for it seemed to be hidden, we believed the lie that it wasn’t for us.

Truth is, God wants us to approach Him BOLDLY

The Bible says; “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (Hebrews 4:16 from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission." http://www.lockman.org/)

What that passage is saying is we don’t need to use big words to approach God. In the original language it means ‘all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance: - boldness of speech, confidence, freely, openly, plainness’.

God wants to meet our needs and hear what we have to say. God will provide even when we complain. In chapter 11 in the Book of Numbers, when the people of Israel complained that God wasn’t meeting all of their needs, God promised to give them so much provision that it would come out of their nostrils! (Probably not good idea to complain to God, eh?)

God wants us to come to Him as a hungry child; not speaking roundabout or indirectly or using more words than necessary to express an idea. Tell Him what you want; let God decide how He chooses to meet your need. Our Heavenly Father wants us to “Come and Get it!”

“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” (Hebrews 4:16 From “The Message” Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group)

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