Heb. 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Boldly is used over 40 times in the scripture; most of the time it means something like “aggressively”; for instance, when Paul spoke boldly. I have seen some who “strut their stuff” when expounding on this scripture.  They say something like “When I see God I’m going to ask him why (he did whatever he did)”  I doubt it!

I believe David boldly approached Goliath; I believe Jesus boldly threw out the temple merchants; I believe John boldly condemned King Herod.  And I believe some, like Habakkuk, have boldly questioned God and asked for explanations for certain complaints.  But when I see Him I expect to fall on my face in gratitude and awesome fear.  Seeing a faint outline of him even when reading his Word, brings me to tears.

I suggest that one should be bold in a very humble way! Is that possible?

Check Esther 4:16 Jews fasted for three days after which in Chapter 5:1..Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood …(before the king)… She was bold to go to the king but she prepared herself as royally as possible before she went and she stood before the king until he recognized her, thus giving her permission to talk. Going before the king is not a time for arrogance and it is important that we have wrapped ourselves in the holy righteousness of Jesus Christ through whom we obtain mercy and grace.

With that in mind I still love the following verse which I copied out of a Billy Graham magazine many years ago.   I pay special thanks to Nancy Spiegelberg, Ohio.  I see on her website here that she passed away about two years ago.  These words of hers presents a picture of being humble in a very bold way.

Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup,
Uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment.
If only I had know you better,
I’d have come running with a bucket. 




About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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14 Responses to ESTHER’S humble BOLDNESS

  1. Salvageable says:

    I hesitate to say this, but Esther is in some ways a picture of Jesus, risking her life to save her people. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Well, she was willing, but she was now called upon to do that; Jesus was. Thanks for pointing out that parallel. Her story is an admirable one. That reminds me, I would like to watch The King and I again. I’ve forgotten it. I enjoyed A Night with The King, but enjoyed the book better. I’ve forgotten the name of the book. Do you remember? Thanks for the extended thought.

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    “But when I see Him I expect to fall on my face in gratitude and awesome fear. ” Love this. And the quote from the Billy Graham mag is very timely as I’m just reading a book about the Father’s love called SonShift ( So often we don’t understand the nature and depth of God’s delight in us, and we have this “orphan” attitude rather than a family attitude. Thanks for this!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m sure I will not be jumping in to ask him to explain anything to me! Thanks for you I wonder if I get a bit out of whack sometimes. You know, with the “now it is possible that God really laughs at me.” It does seem so impossible but it still the personality of a father who delights in his children and I think he does. We were created for his pleasure so how can he have pleasure in us if he doesn’t tune into our lives. You know I just think his ways are to big for my brain. Thanks for commenting, dawnliz.

  3. Amen! Humble-boldness it is! I like to say, “we’re called to go boldly before the throne of grace. Just don’t forget it’s a throne and we need grace.” Collapsing in hysterics at the foot of a King is really more my style. I’m pretty good at collapsing. 🙂

  4. Faye says:

    Oh the sadness of the quote if only I had known you better. Thank you for this encouraging and thought-provoking blog. A-men. Humble boldness, total honesty, knowing we can came to ‘Abba’ Father because of Christ’s sacrifice. Lord my prayer…..Father help me to KNOW You better – to love you MORE and appreciate what being Your child really means….a-men.

  5. Help me to be like the widow that filled jar after jar with oil. I stand in expectancy. Anoint me Lord Jesus, set me apart to do Your will. Thank You, Your servant-Heather. Amen

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