An Open Door
Today’s scripture selection: Leviticus 16-17
Key verses: Leviticus 16:2
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain….”
In the days of desert wandering – access to God had very specific rules. Ignore them, and the consequences were serious – even deadly.
Thousands of years later – God has provided a way – full access at any time. That “Way, Truth, and Life” is Jesus Christ.
It’s one of the most basic tenets of Christian faith – access to God, through faith, by grace.
Yet it is one that we still find hard to trust.
I suppose it’s just part of our nature to be wary. We are overwhelmed by the idea of pure holiness; something so sacred – when we fall so short of that ideal.
And, there are plenty of examples in scripture of those who suffered because they took this holy relationship too lightly.
Still, I wish more of us could trust that God really means what he says.
He wants us to come to him; he wants us to commune with him; he wants us to feel free to admit all of our faults and all of our failings – honestly.
Only then can we have real dialogue, grounded in love, and full of grace.
The veil has been torn open. It happened, literally, at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. I invite you to read that story again in the New Testament.
Then celebrate the wonderful, grace-filled fact that God doesn’t put anything between you and His grace now.
Come, just as you are, and experience God’s love for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Holy God, thank you that you have provided a way for me to come into the holiest of places – your presence – unafraid. AMEN.