Thankfulness: Access

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone and were just unable to do so? Me too! There are people with whom I’d love to strike up a conversation, yet I am unable to do so because of our relative positions. There are certain people and certain positions that I simply don’t have access to and that’s okay.

Today, as I was driving, I just began talking to God and sharing some of my thoughts. I was able to freely express what I was thinking and how I was feeling. He didn’t put me on hold, I didn’t get a busy signal, and he wasn’t irritated by my coming to him. I was able to express concern and worry without fear of being berated or condemned by it. I had a petition, a certain friend I was praying and interceding for, and I didn’t have to go through a third party or get on a waiting list for my request to be heard. I began to pray and God heard me. I reached out to him and he was there. I was able to get to the maker and ruler of the universe without having to go through his assistant or a security check-point. I was in.

I am so thankful for direct access to God. Have you ever taken a moment to think about how great that privilege is?

In the Old Testament there were very specific rules about who could approach God and when and how they were supposed to do so. This all changed when Jesus came.

But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.

At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. 

This is one of my absolutely favorite moments in the Bible. That Temple curtain was a long, heavy, thick curtain, signifying the separation of God and man due to sin, separating the most holy portion of the Temple from the rest. This curtain ripping signified that we now have direct access to God. This wasn’t a light piece of fabric that you could rip, it wasn’t disheveled and on the verge of destruction, this symbolic act was no accident. God was showing and telling his people that they could now come to him.

God made a way for us to come directly to him. He didn’t want to keep doing things through intermediaries, so he changed the system. We have direct access to God and I am thankful to exercise that privilege today.

Lord, you are God and we are not. We are imperfect humans, the exact opposite of your perfection and holiness. We recognize that we are sinners and in desperate need of you. Thank you for making a way for us to have relationship with you again. Thank you for giving us direct access to you. Help us to remember this as we continue to seek you today. Amen!

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