I was thinking about grace last night when the Lord interrupted my thoughts to say, “I’m not capricious.” So, I looked up the definition: “Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.”
“Synonyms include fickle, inconstant, changeable, variable, mercurial, volatile, unpredictable, temperamental; whimsical, fanciful, flighty, quirky, faddish.” Good to know!
Hebrews 4:16 tells us,
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV)
“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (AMP)
“So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” (MSG)
It doesn’t say come shyly, fearfully, or hesitantly to the throne of grace. In the original Greek, the words “that we may” come from a word meaning “in order to.” That doesn’t mean maybe or perhaps.
It doesn’t mean that we might possibly obtain mercy, or that we should search for, beg for or bribe God for mercy and grace.
It also doesn’t add if God is there, He’s not too busy, or off some place doing something else. It doesn’t add if God is in a good mood or if He’s not angry at you, not measuring up your sins against you, or not demanding some sort of IOU.
Father God is not playing hard to get. Grace is his favorable attitude towards you, his pride and joy, his most treasured child. Mercy is the proof! After all, it was bought and paid for by the blood of his son, our savior, Jesus.
(By the way – God’s throne is wherever God is / you are… living room, back yard, office, beach…)