As I was reading the other day, this verse in Hebrews struck me hard. It’s a passage that I’m very familiar with and have read many times, but it hit me different this time. Listen to this… “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 When I read this, it’s like the word bold jumped off the page right towards me. I felt like God was saying, “Are you bold?” My first thought was like, well yeah... I mean.. sorta... I mean, sometimes...well, if it doesn’t make me uncomfortable. I found myself making excuses. I realized I’m not as bold as I think I am. I realized that I don’t come boldly to His throne enough. I realized I probably tip-toe into His presence, instead of running towards Him with my arms wide open. It got me thinking. I decided to look up the word "bold": Dictionary.com’s definition of Bold is this: not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff. Not hesitating to break the rules of propriety (propriety means the establishment or good behaviors/manners). Do you seek God with boldness? Or are you unsure of how to approach Him? Do you respond to God with boldness? Or are you timid? Do you pray to God with boldness and tell Him what you need? Do you worship and praise Him with boldness and extravagance? I think often we hide behind fear. Behind pride. Behind failure. Behind anxiety. Behind weakness. Behind traditions. Behind what people think. Behind what we think is right. Here are the antonyms of bold… afraid. cowardly. fearful. shy. timid. Yep. I don’t want to be like that. You don’t want to be like that. God is calling you and me to come to Him with boldness. God is calling you and me to live our life with boldness. God is calling you and me to worship and praise Him with boldness. Through Jesus, we have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline — not a spirit of timidity and fear. I also love how The Message says this as well — God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold, and loving, and sensible. Remember.. he says, we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. That means you have permission. He will cover you. When you need it the most it’s there. If someone thinks you’re being overly audacious, too bold, too forward, too brave...that’s ok. This week let’s make this our prayer — God, give me the boldness that I need in your name, each day as I turn my heart and my mind toward you. Thank you for your endless grace and mercy that flow freely and cover me whenever I need it. May I praise You at all times, and constantly speak your name. God is calling you to do this. He expects it. So should we. Don’t hold back. Seriously. Don’t. Be Bold.