“…for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death” Esther 4.11
Yesterday we noted how the book of Esther highlights a real contrast in attitudes between King Xerxes and God. Today we come across another contrast, this time concerning our access to God.
Xerxes is portrayed as an unapproachable king; if he wanted to see you, you would be summoned! The contrast with God could not be greater – we have unfettered, unrestricted access to him whenever we want it.
Sometimes you might be tempted to wish that God would summon you into his presence. It may be that you feel distant from him, and at times like this it can feel as though you have been overlooked. You may well love to hear God speak a word and reveal himself to you more clearly. However, the problem with this is that you are waiting for the wrong person to move. Whether you feel it or not, God is with you; all you have to do is to take a step into his presence.
An initial step is to simply say his name – perhaps speaking the name, ‘Jesus’. This isn’t a matter of just saying a name – it is actually speaking to him because he is with you. You don’t have to feel his presence, or imagine him with you when you speak his name, because you are actually talking to him face to face. You are in God’s presence and can share whatever is on your heart.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission