By Bethany Golding
I have the key – the key to my dad’s house, the key to my dad’s office at church, and the key to having his listening ear anytime I need it. I can help myself to anything in his house, and I always have a seat at his table. I am free to come and go as I please, and get this, I don’t even have to ask to enter his house! It’s always open to me! What love and acceptance I feel, as I walk through the doors of my father’s house. How did I get this key? Simply by being his daughter. I did absolutely nothing to earn it, because I did absolutely nothing in making sure I was born his daughter. I do not take this for granted, as I know that not everyone is blessed with such an earthly father. But the best news is that you can have access to this kind of heavenly Father whenever you please. How do you get the key allowing access to your heavenly Father? Simply by being His child. Tim Keller says, “The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.” Sure, I have that kind of access with my earthly father, and I am forever grateful for that. But we have that kind of access to the King of Kings!
Hebrews 4:15-16 says:
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Who is brave enough to walk boldly into the throne room of the king with all of his weaknesses on display and still be proud to be there? Only the king’s child. When we realize that because God is our Father we have access to Him anytime we need it, it drastically changes our relationship with Him. He can sympathize with our weaknesses, because He’s been in our shoes and walked in this world in human form. We know when we enter into the throne room, we are not just going to be scolded over our shortcomings, but we are going to be delighted in and taken care of. What an oasis to enter into anytime we are scorched by this world.
When we realize that because God is our Father we have access to Him anytime we need it, it drastically changes our relationship with Him.
When I was a little girl, if someone was mean to me or things weren’t going well, it didn’t faze me very much because I knew when I got home, everything would be better. If I was nervous to do something, like singing for example, I would find my dad in the crowd (I still do this) and just sing to him. He is a safe place. He is well acquainted with my weaknesses (he had the pure joy of disciplining my terribly strong-willed two-year-old self), and he still loves me! He doesn’t just tolerate me, you guys. He delights in me! How much more does our Father in Heaven delight in us as His children?
One of my favorite things about this key to my father’s house, is that growing up, I always wanted to share it. All of my friends knew our garage code and the code to turn the alarm off at our house. They knew where the snacks were, and they could always help themselves. There were many times that my family was out of town, and my friends knew they could use the code to get in, get some food to eat, and hangout by our pool. I didn’t want to keep this kind of access to myself. How much more should I want to share the key that gives me access to my heavenly Father? I should spend my life proclaiming that Jesus gives us access to our Heavenly Father to guide us through life. We have the key to His throne room and a seat at His table. Aren’t we the most blessed creatures in the world? Hallelujah – what a Savior!
Bethany Golding is from Gardendale, Alabama and moved to Memphis, Tennessee when she was in the 7th grade. She thought her life was ruined when she had to move, but everything turned out great because Memphis is where she met her high school sweetheart, who she fell in love with and married! Bethany has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Union University, and she taught sweet first grade babies for two years before having her children, Ainsley and Grayson. She loves middle school and high school girls and is currently discipling the sweetest 6th graders on the planet. She enjoys hanging out with her husband, teaching tiny humans, spending time with family and friends, eating Mexican food, singing, reading, and traveling. She firmly believes that mornings should be off limit, and in a perfect world she would sleep until noon everyday.