Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Drawing near to God is such a privilege, the Alpha and Omega, the one in whom all things hold together. The one who loved us so completely that He sent His Son to take our rightful punishment. He made us holy through the shedding of His blood and by which we are assured of salvation, the foundation of our faith.
The letter to the Hebrews is full of encouragement for the Christian. It reminds us that our faith is ‘the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’. It encourages us to ‘hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering’ because our God is faithful. He is faithful, He is just, He has forgiven us which allows us to draw near in confidence ‘to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need’. Isn’t that amazing, that we can come into his presence with confidence? A confidence that comes through forgiveness, total and absolute.
Drawing near to God in the full assurance of our faith is indeed an honour and a privilege but we need to do so with a true heart, a clean heart. The concept of sprinkled clean and washed with pure water is a reference to the priests in the old testament who would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice and then wash themselves in the basins of clean water. Today we are cleansed through Jesus’ blood and are washed by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) and by the Word (Eph 5:26).
When was the last time you drew near to God? Do you find it harder during lockdown, being isolated from your congregation and fellowship? Maybe the current situation has actually caused you to draw near even more. Whatever your answer is, I would encourage you to set time aside today to draw near to Him because there is no better place to be than in the presence of the Lord.