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.