NETWORK WITH FRIENDS OR NETWORK WITH GOD

Often in life, it’s all about “who” you know.  Even if you’re in deep trouble and can’t escape it on your own, sometimes “who you know” can pull you right out of that mudslide.  Or cesspool.  That trap, that pit.

I’m not saying you should stop networking with friends, but sometimes even friends can’t pull off that big rescue.  They’ll throw out a rope for you to grab hold of, but what if you’re so deep into the impossible that the rope they throw doesn’t even reach you?  What do you do when it’s not enough?  What do you do when natural, regular help only fixes part of the problem?  What do you do when good intentions are not enough?  What if you don’t want your friends to know your situation?

Let’s look at Hebrews 4:16.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Here’s how I think people should read the Word.  Make a list of the word meanings so that you get the deepest understand of what’s being said, like this:

BOLDLY:  without a sense of fear

GRACE:  divine assistance; special favor

MERCY:  compassion; a blessing of divine favor; a fortunate or favorable circumstance

But before we jump into Hebrews 4:16, we notice that it includes the word “therefore.”  Anytime you see the word “therefore,” you should back up and see what it’s hooked up to.  Hebrews 4:15 says “We do NOT have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are—yet He did not sin.”

When you don’t know a person’s character, it’s hard to judge what they will do—or what they won’t do.  If they’re on your side or not on your side.  You simply don’t know them well enough.  But here, we see part of the character and heart of Jesus.  He never has to struggle to understand what we’re going through.  He understands our weaknesses.  Not for one moment is He scratching His head trying to understand us as individuals or the situation we’re facing.  On top of understanding, He empathizes with us!!

He’s sensitive to our feelings.  He understands how we are experiencing life and each of the circumstances that we encounter.  In other words, we can no longer say “You don’t understand,” because He does.

So now that we know who we’re dealing with, look again at Hebrews 4:16 and let’s read it this way:

  1. I need to go boldly to God’s throne without any sense of fear.
  2. God’s throne is a throne of divine assistance and special favor. God does special favors!
  3. I’m going there first to get mercy for my mistakes and for the situation I’ve found myself in. Mercy is compassion.  Compassion means He’s aware of my distress and has a desire to alleviate it and fix things for me.  This means He wants to make my circumstances favorable, better.
  4. At the throne, I’m going to find grace to help. Grace is divine assistance.  He’s going to do a special favor for me!

Now that you know Who you’re dealing with, you can relax.  If you’ve gotten yourself into a debacle but you’re genuinely sorry with no intent of going back in again, you can expect some expert help.  If you didn’t even create the mess but find yourself in one anyway, you can know that God’s loving nature wants to pull you to a place of victory.  He’s the Gracious One and a parent who wants to alleviate your distress.

If you didn’t know God understands and wants to help, now you do, but you have to do your part by going boldly to the throne to ask for help.  And don’t forget to believe that you receive from Him.

Network with The One who can bring you out!  Get the best help out there!

 

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