Bring your bucket and come to the well. No, the scripture doesn’t actually say that but it does say,
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 and boldly/arrogantly declare that they are going to ask God why such and such happened on this earth.
I suggest that one should be bold in a very humble way! Is that possible? Let me give you an example.
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.
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 share the following verse which I copied out of a Billy Graham magazine many years ago.
Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup,
Uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment.
If only I had known you better,
I’d have come running with a bucket.
(Nancy Spiegelberg, Ohio)*
Run to him with your “bucket” and let him fill you with his mercy and with his grace.
*Hopefully I have not broken any copyright laws in using this poem. I have tried to find more information but failed. I cut this poem from the magazine forty/fifty years ago. It has been a blessing to me. Thanks, Nancy, wherever you are.