“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16)
We are invited, better said ‘commanded’, to come boldly to the throne of grace. We are to run there, ignoring all distracting and doubting contrary voices. Please note that we do not ‘merit’ such favor. The mercy and grace found at the throne of Christ are not rewards for our labor or love. These are totally supernatural gifts paid for by the Lamb of God who was slain. Christ shed His Blood on the Cross for grace to be freely given to us who believe.
In Greek, the word ‘help’ means ‘frapping a vessel’. I did not know the meaning of that word. I looked in the dictionary and I discovered that it is a naval word, a marine engineering term. Frapping means tying a rope or a heavy chain under the belly of the ship; it means to use strong cables several times round the ship from stem to stern. These chains pass under the ship to secure it, to strengthen it, to keep the planking from opening under the strain. In the olden days the ships were made of wood. During storms, the sea men did two things: they threw away some of the cargo to lighten the ship. They also frapped the vessel like a bandage on a wounded leg. They passed these heavy chains under the belly of the ship, to tie it, so that the ship will not scatter under the stress of the waves and the winds.
This is what the sea men did when Apostle Paul was in the ship going to Rome as they encountered a great storm. By throwing away some stuff and frapping the ship, they survived the storm. “When they had taken it on board, they used frapping cables to undergird the ship… And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship” (Ac 27:17, 18)
What is the lesson for us? During the storms of life (sickness, marital or financial troubles) we should not waste time with trying to ‘stabilize’ our lives. We need a Savior, a Helper, a Healer and a Comforter. His name is Jesus Christ. There is no one who can give grace in place of sorrow. There is no one who can give us mercy and kindness in place of troubles. There is no other name given to men so that they can be forgiven from sins and given peace with God.
What shall you do? Run to Jesus! Run to the Cross! Read the Bible! Meditate upon the words of Jesus! See how Jesus died to set you free! He will help you by ‘frapping your vessel’. He will use His everlasting arms, like cords of unfailing love, to embrace you that you may not scatter under stress. With all the troubles around, are you not surprised that you have not gone mad? Are you not surprised that you are not depressed? This is the work of the Holy Spirit ‘frapping’ your mind and heart! Life is hard but God’s grace is greater than any sin or sickness! The same arms that were separated when nailed on the cross, will come together to surround you, to wrap you and bandage your soul. This is the Gospel! This is the story of eternal love! This is the healing sent from heaven. This is the kiss that resurrects the dead. I know that the media (Facebook) is full of trash and many people run away from it. But just in case you read these words, may these find favor and acceptance in your soul. If you find gold in the dirt, it still remains the same. These are not my words, but the words of God, able to save, heal and deliver. God loves you! Believe God’s love for you! It is true and strong! Say: “It is well with my soul!” Be healed! Be free! In Jesus name, amen!
(in the picture see the strong ropes, ready, just in case frapping of the boat is needed in an emergency)