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.