Day 2

Approach Truth Confidently

from the Open Your Bible reading plan

Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 9:11-14, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:1-2

BY Amanda Bible Williams

Today, via your imagination, I’d like to bring you to my house for a little Williams family game time. Now, brace yourself: board games around here are an event. They are serious business and insanely silly, all at once. You better come to the table—or floor, or grass, or treehouse—with your game face on because you never know what version of game time you’re going to get.

My favorite (slash least favorite) part of game time is what I’ll refer to as “The Rule Situation.” Sometimes The Rule Situation is pretty straight-forward—we read the rules of the game, we follow the rules of the game. Other times, it’s a tad more complicated. This is especially true when one of our four children decides to make his or her own rules for the rest of us gamers to follow.

We grownups like to think we have a better understanding of how rules work since we live in the real world and all. Only official rules count. You can’t make up random rules and expect folks to follow. (Well, you can, but your made-up rules don’t change what is true.)

But isn’t that how we sometimes approach the Bible? We’re given the inspired and sufficient Word of God, and we are invited to read it by and with the Author Himself. Yet instead of running to accept the invitation, we trip over our own made-up rules, citing all the reasons we think we don’t deserve to go.

If you are a follower of Jesus—someone who has repented and trusts Jesus Christ as her Savior—here is a sampling of who you are according to God’s Word:

I am a child of God (John 1:12).
I am clothed with the righteousness of Jesus (Isaiah 61:10).
I am free (Galatians 5:1).
I am not condemned (Romans 8:1).
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am loved (Ephesians 5:2).

Now, think of some of the false rules you make up for yourself as qualifications for approaching God’s Word. Here are two of mine:

I must always have the desire to open my Bible.
I need to understand everything I read in Scripture.

When I add made-up qualifications for Bible-reading to the truths God has spoken, I end up with a distorted, false gospel—a gospel of works, not grace. I am not loved because of how many pages of the Bible I’ve read or because of how much of it I understand. I am loved because Jesus, in His mercy, loves me. 

Read Hebrews 4:14–16. What adjective does the author of Hebrews use to describe the way in which we should approach God?

Friends, Jesus not only knows our weakness, He understands it. His perfection is both the justification and the mandate for our boldness before God’s throne. May we, as daughters and sons of the King, approach the Bible with confidence today—not because of who we are, but because of who we are in Him.

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574 thoughts on "Approach Truth Confidently"

  1. Courtney Spell says:

    I am not loved because of the amount of time I think I need to spend reading his word daily. I am loved because of the boldness God gives to approach His word!

  2. Rebecca Lazarus says:

    We are to feel glad, not guilty or defeated by our weaknesses! Our weakness is a reason to open our Bible not to ignore it. I pray I approach God confidently, knowing I am covered with his love.

  3. Crissy Reagan says:

    I am not loved by how many pages of the Bible Ive read or because of how much of it I understand. I am loved because Jesus, in His mercy, loves me.

  4. Ember Chapman says:

    I have always felt like I had to be that perfect mom/woman who gets up early in the morning, grabs her coffee , Bible, and note book and has that “quite time” with Goals. And if I wasn’t doing it like that I was doing it wrong. I am NOT a morning person. I like to stay up late and if I am able not wake up until after 9 am. By then my kids are awake and forget quite time. But that was all works. I have found I can have quite time while I am laying in bed listening to my husband sleep. Or while I am driving, or while I am in the shower. God meets us where we are. God has always came to women where they are. I love that!

  5. Jana Kolade says:

    14 -16Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. – Hebrews 4:14

  6. Jana Kolade says:

    “Let us approach the Bible with confidence, not because of who we are, but because of who we are in Him!”

  7. Cassie Rose-Wappelhorst says:

    I didn’t even think about the false rules I was setting on myself. That’s a big aha moment for me.

  8. Christina Williams says:

    I am so grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice so I can approach Papa God’s thrown with confidence. I am saved by His grace, mercy and love!

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