Entering God’s presence

— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —

I travel a lot – both for work and for pleasure. When travelling, I often stay with friends or colleagues. Depending on the situation, I feel more or less at home. Maybe you can relate. You arrive in the flat and are at first a bit nervous, not wanting to be a bother for your host, wanting to follow all the unspoken rules, cautious to ask for help.

In time, you realize that your host is glad to have you and you feel welcome and at home – maybe you even feel like you’re in a luxury hotel. That is how I felt a few weeks ago when I stayed with colleagues of mine in Nurnberg. They welcomed me into their family with open arms and spoiled me with amazing hospitality. What a blessing!

How is it then when we think of entering God’s presence? Two weeks ago we studied the passage where Bartimaeus ran to Jesus and asked to be healed. Since then, I have been thinking about what feelings pop up when I imagine being in Bartimaeus’ shoes. Depending on the day or the hour, it could be one of awe, reverence, hesitancy, excitement, urgency or even elation. Keeping with this theme, I have been pondering one Bible verse throughout the week,

“Let us then approach God’s 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

God is the one who knows and loves us best. He embodies love. He invites us to come in and be at home in His presence, to relax and just be. What’s more, we have so much to gain by entering His presence. He offers us mercy, grace and help in our time of need! What an amazing offer!

Just as I might not want to be a burden to my host, I can find myself reacting similarly with God. I can think that my problems are too small for him or that I want to solve them on my own. I don’t want to burden Him or think that when I go to Him, He will be standing there with a wagging finger disappointed in what I’ve done.

How refreshing then is this invitation in Hebrews. It paints a totally different picture of entering God’s presence. What an incredible offer! I hope each one of you can confidently take your place alongside me before His throne, receiving grace, mercy, and help in all situations.

There is a worship song based on this verse that I really enjoy and serves as a good reminder for me. You can listen to it here.

The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives. They range from somber to humorous and are inspired by all facets of live and faith. Written by ordinary people from all walks of life, they reflect a wide range of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities.

Each week’s text portrays the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.

We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.

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