Posted by Merissa Vosloo

“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,” Heb 4:16.

Sometimes when a well known sportsperson is underperforming, you may hear a commentator say the player is going through a bad patch and seems to be lacking in confidence. We see this quite often with quality cricket batsmen who seem to go into their shell for a couple of games, lacking the confidence to bat freely, getting out to quite ordinary deliveries.

We know that over-confidence is not that helpful in life, but neither is under-confidence. It’s a great feeling to wake up with a real sense of confidence going into your day, but there are also times when we lack confidence.

The exodus generation, on which much of the narrative in the book of Hebrews is based, lacked the confidence to enter into the Promised Land, which God had given them as a divine inheritance. The result was 40 years of restless wandering. We could say they chose to disinherit themselves. Not a great option to live our lives this way, always holding onto the past, making excuses about the present, lacking confidence about our God-given future. They certainly were a “needy generation”, but then sometimes so are we.

The greatest news ever is that the book of Hebrews is all about the author encouraging the readers and therefore us to be different to the exodus generation, “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it,” Heb 4:1. What a beautiful invitation to “needy people”.  One that should help us reconsider our attitude and approach to life as this year begins to draw to a close. So, despite our failures often being the same as those of the exodus generation, the door of grace remains wide open to us today, “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,” Heb 4:16.

Prayer: Father thank you that despite all our failures we are still welcome to approach you with confidence because of what Jesus has done on our behalf.