There is never a reason for a child of God to respond to him as if you are a worm who must grovel in his presence:
Instead, the Bible says:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16.)
What is the time of need? The writer of Hebrews had just finished describing the ministry of Jesus as the one who helps people in their weakness and temptation. This passage then means you can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence even when you are in the depths of struggle with sin. Jesus knows what people are going through and can “empathize with our weaknesses, [because] we have one who has been tempted in every way.” (Hebrews 4:15.)
Worm Theology is Wormy Theology
Some will tell you that you are a worm who must grovel before God. Don’t listen to them. They are stuck in a mindset similar to the one the writer of Hebrews was trying to correct for his readers as well.
Hebrews was written to Jewish believers in Jesus, and the first few chapters are designed to show them they are much better off with Jesus than in returning to their old ways of exercising their faith. Jesus is superior to angels (Hebrews chapter 1), superior to Moses (chapter 3), and superior to any high priest (chapter 4). Jesus’ gospel of grace is a radical departure for them.
They had been taught their whole lives that their repeated sins required repeated sacrifices in order to maintain their right standing with God. While they knew God to be “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8), their heritage also taught them that a failure to follow the rules meant facing God’s wrath. That was a frightening prospect as their prophet Jeremiah learned.
The Lord is righteous,
yet I rebelled against his command.
Listen, all you peoples;
look on my suffering. …
I am the man who has seen affliction
by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.
He has driven me away and made me walk
in darkness rather than light;
indeed, he has turned his hand against me
again and again, all day long. (Lamentations 1:18, 3:1-3.)
To the Jewish readers of Hebrews, the idea that God’s throne is a throne of grace rather than a throne of wrath for those in sin must have sounded odd, even unthinkable perhaps. Yet throne of grace it is and one you too can approach confidently, knowing you are welcome there because of Jesus and all he’s done for you.
You are not to act like a groveling worm, forever in fear of God’s condemnation. That’s not who you are at all.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free … . (Romans 8:1-2.)
You are free forever and a beloved child of God who is instructed in Scripture itself to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, not groveling. Jesus welcomes you there.
That’s what Scripture says. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
Bold I approach the eternal throne …