Access

The protocol was clear.  No one approached the king while on his throne except by invitation.  To approach uninvited was a certain death sentence.  Yet there she stood, ready to enter that throne room.  Her need to see the king was urgent.  The lives of her people were at stake.  A decree for their slaughter had been set.  Their only hope was for Esther to gain a reprieve from the king.

No doubt over the last few days, she had recounted how God’s divine hand had been upon her life.  Among hundreds, she had been chosen to be King Ahazareas’ queen.   Yet even as queen, she knew she had no right to enter the throne room on her own initiative.   Death was the law.  Fear must have rocked her in those still hours of the night.  Her only hope was that God would put it upon the king’s heart to exercise the one small loophole of the law:

If the king extended his scepter, then the death sentence would be lifted.

She would have access to the king; he would hear her request.

With deliberate steps that belied her trembling heart, Esther entered the king’s room.  Would he extend his scepter or would he withhold it, indignant that she dared to be so bold as to enter his throne room uninvited?  What relief coursed through her when the king extended his scepter and responded favorably to her request. 

It was with fear that she entered his throne room.

It was with fear that she made her request.

 How different it is for us.  For our King, who sits on an eternal throne, welcomes us into His Presence.  Because of the Cross, His great grace allows us to go boldly before Him with our requests.  In fact, our King encourages us to ask anything in His Name. 

Without fear we can ask and it shall be given.

Without fear we can seek and we shall find.

Without fear we can knock and the door will be opened. 

He will not reject us or turn us away.  His scepter is always extended.  We just need to enter His throne room.  We just need to be intentional about making personal and intimate times of prayer and praise a part of our daily lives. 

The access has been provided.  We just need to embrace it.

11 Responses

  1. Nancy Hager
    Nancy Hager February 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    Yes, every moment of every day embrace and cherish special times with HIM. Thanks for sharing, Joy.

  2. Eric Williams
    Eric Williams February 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm | | Reply

    Thank God for his grace and new mercies each morning!

  3. Eric Williams
    Eric Williams February 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm | | Reply

    We need to embrace it every day. I was helped Joy! Thanks.

  4. Bill & Tracie
    Bill & Tracie February 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm | | Reply

    we are so grateful that we are permitted to enter His throne room.

  5. Beverly Robbins
    Beverly Robbins February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm | | Reply

    I am thankful for the few stores and restaurants open 24/7, but they are never near me. How can I know when poor planning, an unexpected event, or an emergency calls for medicine, food, beverage, clothes, or gasoline in the middle of the night? I’m more thankful for a 24/7 Savior, right by my side, with a neon light flashing “Open.” It fits with my 24/7 impossible needs. Thanks for the reminder, Joy, of E-Z access.

    “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. ” Rev. 22:17

  6. Shelley Norman
    Shelley Norman February 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm | | Reply

    One of my favorite stories in the Bible! So thankful to have a loving Father who welcomes us with open arms to come before anytime for anything!

  7. Gay Lynn Webb
    Gay Lynn Webb February 5, 2014 at 3:31 am | | Reply

    Thank you Joy for pointing us always back to the bountiful goodness of our Savior.

  8. Will Hullinger
    Will Hullinger February 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm | | Reply

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I hear people (people who know the Lord, or have been close to him at one time) say things a lot like… “I’ve got to get my act together before I can be with God,” or some other way of stating that they know they have access, but they don’t want to embrace it. Where can we point people in scripture that speaks of God’s welcome to those who are far or have strayed? The prodigal son perhaps? How can we best encourage them that taking advantage of the access granted to them is likely the EXACT thing they need to become whole again? So many people come, only at a last resort, instead of the first stop.

  9. Vicki Woolf
    Vicki Woolf February 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm | | Reply

    Just knowing our God is there is so comforting! No matter the time of day, verbal or internal listening to our heart’s problems or emotional out pourings, He is there.

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