Approaching God with Confidence
Read: Hebrews 4:15-16; SOAP: Hebrews 4:16
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 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.
There are many key words in these verses. We are SOAPing verse 16 but verse 15 has some helpful words that make sense of 16, such as “high priest”, “weaknesses,” and “without sin”. In a nutshell this verse is a reminder that Jesus is our high priest who understands our weaknesses because He has been tempted in every way – as we have been – but He never sinned. Why does this matter? We find the answer in verse 16. It matters very much – because, we will not pray to or draw near someone if we do not have confidence in them, nor will we approach God’s throne if we do not know and trust His character. We will certainly not request something we don’t deserve or ask that a punishment, that we do deserve, be withheld when we do not understand the character of the one whom we ask. Confidence comes with trust and trust is built through relationship and established over time . However, when we know the high priest and the God who sits on the throne, when we know our weaknesses, compared to His sinless life – we will draw near to Him and find, as promised, grace and mercy.