Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Have you ever been FRAPPED? Maybe you are not quite sure what that means. Actually it is a good thing, a very good thing. In today’s scripture verse, Paul talks about help available to us from the Lord. He could have used several different ways to express the word help in the descriptive Greek language of his day, but Paul used a very unusual word with a very specific meaning. The word Paul used was boetheia, a term used in the nautical world. It is the word frap, and means to secure a wooden vessel with cables and ropes. What could Paul possibly have in mind? Paul had been in several ship accidents in his life and the famous one from Acts 27 was probably fresh on his mind. In the account in Acts, the ship Paul was on had encountered a storm and was in jeopardy of going down. It says that they use “helps” to secure the ship to avoid it from breaking up from the pounding of the waves. This measure kept the vessel together long enough for them to reach shore.
What does a boat accident have to do with my life today? Actually, everything. Paul is painting a picture of the storms of life that we all endure. All of us face trials, or storms, on a regular basis. Paul is describing a very powerful kind of real help that is available to us in the middle of our toughest circumstances. Paul said we could come before the throne of grace and find help (or be FRAPPED) in our time of need.
What a powerful picture, the wind and the waves of life are pounding away at us and we have access to the heavenly throne through our faithful heavenly priest, Jesus Christ. As we draw near with confidence, we begin to experience the warmth of His love. The storm man not end immediately, but everything has changed. We are literally rapt in the love of God, or should I say FRAPPED.
Maybe you are going through one of those storms right now, don’t be afraid, you are not alone. Your faithful friend, Jesus Himself is nearer than you know, draw near to the throne with confidence, He loves you deeply. As you open your heart to His love, you will begin yo understand Paul’s illustration. What better way to describe His love, being FRAPPED is better than anyone could ever hope or dream.

6 Replies to “FRAPPED”

  1. I already have too much WHIPPED and CREAM. I’ll just take the FRAPP this time please!

    Powerful, knowing we are frapped in our father’s arms. Like a giant JESUS snuggie.

    who could do better than that?

  2. during the times that are hard or just bad times so much happens, i know if a dont look so much at the problem but look to who can comfort and may solve this problem in his time, what ever it is, lost of loved one being cast down not knowing a direction, anything, take it to the lord

  3. Isaiah 61:1 comes to mind; The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound
    Jesus is anointed to bind (frap) the brokenhearted. Keeping in mind the picture or illustration of being frapped, I looked at the ‘ brokenhearted’.
    This describes one who is broken, broken in pieces, broken in or down, rent violently, wrecked (used of ships broken by the wind), crushed, ruptured and shattered. This brokenness is pointing to the inner most part of the person’s being, the inner man, his soul or heart.
    What I find interesting is God spoke this to Isaiah who wrote it down 700 years before the birth of Christ. Jesus read it and preformed it; Paul experienced it and tried to illustrate it 30 years after the resurrection of Christ! / Empty hands raised high

  4. After thought — born again Christians experience this. We are filled with the Holy Spirit and in turn can reach out to the brokenhearted that they may experience the peace and love of Christ. It is what we are called to do, Mat 28:19.
    I believe God spoke it, Isaiah wrote it, Jesus read it, Christ started it and we must continue it! PRAISE GOD

  5. wow!!love this what i have loved about the lord so much that even in our trials, he will always bring someone across our path who needs that love that he has poured in us to share to someone who may need a miracle(as we ran into yesterday). OR another who we saw on monday who is in greater need then us a miracle!. I love that we can always ask the lord to show us who needs your love today, send us lord! !!! its all about him !! glory to god!! we serve an awesome god!!

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