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Friday, May 10, 2013

Today’s Reading | Hebrews 4:14–16

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NRSV)


Recently I had an old silver filling removed from my mouth and replaced with a new filling. After the procedure the dentist told me the filling was set and that I could chew as normal. He said there might be a little sensitivity for a while but that is normal, so chew with confidence.

Well, to be honest I have been chewing hesitantly. The little bit of sensitivity has made me nervous that maybe the new filling isn’t solid. I just don’t trust it yet.

The writer of Hebrews is kind of like my dentist, telling me, Danny, draw near to God with confidence the relationship has been set and now you have full access to God, the giver of mercy and grace. Wow! What a privilege.

Yet if I am honest, I don’t draw near with confidence that often. I’m busy. I’m tired. I’m self-sufficient. And also, sometimes when I do try to draw near, I feel like maybe I am just talking to myself. I am tentative to believe that God is actually interested in me. Or I begin to ask again, Is there a God? Did Jesus really grant me access to God? Am I foolish for believing this?

And this is exactly why we draw near to God: to be reminded that God does exist and that our gracious and merciful God calls us to draw near to him. Friends, today in our fears and doubts, let us together draw near to God so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.


Dear God, I believe in you. Help me to believe more and more. Help me today to walk by faith and not by self-sufficiency. Amen.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Administrative Assistant to Children, Youth, and Family Ministry and the Day School

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