This weekend I had a bit of a shock. As Saturday was payday I went to draw money from the ATM and found that it wouldn’t let me, even though there was money in the account. As I happened to be at outside the bank I went in to find out what was going on – thankfully banks in South Africa open on a Saturday morning. I found out that my account was blocked due to a computer glitch and that in order to unblock I had to FICA again. FICA was introduced to stop money laundering (I’m fortunate if I have time to launder our clothes let alone our money) – you have to produce your ID and also bring a utility bill to prove your address. I already did this with the rest of South Africa when the law was introduced and now due to a ‘glitch’ I had to do it again otherwise my salary would stay tucked away in the bank. Unfortunately we live in a mostly prepaid house so we don’t get utility bills so what to do. They suggest I go home and bring my husband and his ID so he could sign in front of a Commissioner of Oath that I stay at our address. The funny thing he wouldn’t need to prove his address to do this, but his word valid enough. Well I did get my bank account unfrozen and after fuming about the lack of customer service (I had through they might have contacted the affected customers to let us know – apparently letters have been sent but I and a number of other customers at our branch have yet to receive them), well after I had my little fume I got to thinking.
With God we have no right to go into his presence, or authority to come before him, except we have access through Jesus. We need Jesus to verify us before the father.
Romans 5:1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us–set us right with him, make us fit for him–we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. 2 And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand–out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. (Message)
I’m thankful that because of Jesus the way is open and that he is willing to stand before God and say – Yes I know her. We are worthy in our own right to approach God, but we have one who has forged the way.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Thank you Jesus for speaking to the Father on my behalf.