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Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Accessible and Approachable God

In Matthew 11:28 Christ invites us to come unto Him.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 
This rest is the Grace of God.  The definition of "rest" is what grace feels like.

This morning in my studies I read these words, 

"Come, my brethren [and sisters, come Alicia], every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters... Come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not... 
Remember the words of your God; Pray unto Him continually by day, and give thanks unto His holy name by night.  Let your hearts rejoice." - 2 Nephi 9:50-52

To come to God means to approach Him, to access Him through the avenue of expression, through the opening and pouring out to Him our heart, mind, and spirit.

In Hebrews 4:12-16 the Apostle Paul teaches that God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts even before we approach Him and that our Savior has felt every weakness, pain, heartache, or sorrow that we have ever felt.  

There is no emotion or thought that is hidden from Him.  He sees within us even what we cannot discern.  In verse 13 Paul says "all things are naked and open unto His eyes."  A couple of modern versions of this verse describe it this way: "everything is uncovered and laid bare" and "all things are open and exposed" 

This raw and vulnerable painful place of weakness is our Gethsemane, and in verse 15 Paul testifies that Christ reaches us there.  Because of His Gethsemane, the God of all creation is perfectly approachable in our nakedness.  

I know from personal experience that the throne of God is the most safe place to be our true selves to hold nothing back. Why? Because He knows. He has experienced everything, every temptation, every emotion, every heartache, and every sorrow that we have felt.  He who was horribly abused and crucified, He who hung naked on a cross, He is the one who clothes me.

"He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness."- Isaiah 61:10

I rejoice in knowing there is One who will always know me, One who is always accessible, that I can speak to Him, approach Him, any time, anywhere, any place, whether my heart is weak or strong.  He knows!

"Let us therefore come boldly [with full confidence] unto the throne of grace, 
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."- Hebrews 4:16


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