Our Daily Bread- Red Tape
- READ: Romans 5:1-8
Through [Jesus] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. —Romans 5:2
The expression “red tape” describes the annoying way that bureaucracy
prevents things from getting done. Originally, the phrase referred to
the common practice of binding official documents with red ribbon. In
the early 1800s, the term was popularized by the writings of Scottish
historian Thomas Carlyle, who was protesting governmental foot-dragging. Following the American Civil War, the problem of “red tape” resurfaced
as war veterans struggled to receive their benefits. The term denotes
frustration and disappointment because of the burdensome hurdles it
erects to accomplishing goals.
Bureaucratic red tape is almost legendary, but there is one place in the universe
where it’s never an issue—the throne of God. In Romans 5:2, Paul speaks
of Christ, “through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.” When our hearts are broken or our lives are troubled,
there is no red tape hindering our access to God. Jesus Christ has paved the way so that we can have access to enter boldly into the presence of the King of heaven (Heb. 4:16).
Remember, when your heart is hurting, you don’t have to cut through a lot of red
tape to present your needs to God. Through Christ, we have full and
immediate access. —Bill Crowder
Thank You, Father, that access to Your throne
has been secured for us by Jesus Christ. We
know that You will not ignore us. Thank You for
the confidence we can have that You care.
God’s throne is always accessible to His children.