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A few years ago I went to Seattle for a four-day weekend getaway to visit my family. One of the highlights of my trip was to meet the latest addition to the family, my nephew, Nicholas! I never thought meeting him would teach me a simple, yet valuable lesson on confidence in God.

At the time, the little tyke was an 18-month-old baby with the energy and speed of a sidewinder missile. At first glance I thought he was a quiet and shy little baby, but I was badly mistaken! He was by no means shy and timid. That is, of course, until he met me.

I met him on a Friday afternoon. After greeting my sister, I slowly made my way towards Nicholas with my arms outstretched and a big smile. Little Nicholas took one good look at his big, ugly uncle from Florida and dashed into his room! For the next 10 minutes he cautiously stuck his head out the door at me as if asking himself: "Should I, or shouldn't I?" Eventually Nicholas and I became the dynamic uncle-nephew duo!

Nicholas now trusts me. By interacting with each other, his trust in me developed and grew. It wasn't enough for my sister to show him pictures of me or tell him about me. Interaction had to take place for the relationship to work.

Afraid of God

This makes me think a lot about how we sometime relate to God. In a way, we are like my nephew Nicholas. We are afraid to approach and interact with God. We read books about Him, find countless examples of His grace in the Bible, and we hear story after story about God's unending love and mercy, but for some reason we fail to connect with our loving Father.

The book of Hebrews invites us to reach out to God with confidence. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Perhaps the King James Version says it best: "let us boldly approach the throne of grace". Can you boldly approach His throne of grace today? Or do you sometimes feel that because of what you’ve done you are not worthy of approaching God? I've felt this way. However, it is when I feel like this that I remember what God says. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

This can only take place if we approach His throne with confidence. Confidence in His healing power through the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, confidence that God loves us so much that He will "purify us from all unrighteousness." What a friendship!

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