I called Max and Cosette to quiet them. Cosette threw back her head and pranced toward me, tail wagging. Max, who is older and knows he’s not supposed to bark at the neighbor, turned to dart away until he saw Cosette running to me. He hesitated, then joined her.
I praised them both for coming, and we happily went inside—away from temptation.
Their different initial reactions to my call made me consider how I respond to God. Do I turn away because:
- I’ve been caught in something I know I shouldn’t be doing?
- I think He’s angry with me?
- I’m afraid He’s taking away my freedom and fun?
Or do I run to Him because:
- I know He loves and accepts me?
- I know He’ll protect me, even from myself?
Have you ever avoided God when you knew you’d messed up? The urge to hide when we fall began with Adam and Eve. But just as they couldn’t hide, neither can we, nor should we.
If we believe God accepts us based on how well we perform, we’ll avoid Him when we fall. That is the opposite of what we need.If we believe God accepts us based on how well we perform, we'll avoid Him when we fall. Click To Tweet
Please read the next verses carefully.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For 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. 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,” (Hebrews 4:14-16, NIV)
Unbelievable! We blow it, and God says, “Come to me with confidence knowing I’ll graciously receive you and help you.” In fact, the little word “therefore” reminds us this is our only sensible choice. We can’t hide; we have no excuse; we’re not even close to perfect. Therefore, relying on our High Priest is our only reasonable option.
My poodle, Max, started to bolt when I caught him disobeying, but he chose to trust me and confidently came near instead. We humans, who make excuses, hide, and deny our guilt, can learn to trust our Master too. Take hold of your faith and remember, God accepts us based on Christ’s perfect work.
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Deborah W. Wilson