I wish I could tell you why but for some reason the soundtrack of Fiddler on the Roof popped into my head today. I hadn’t thought about the musical film, a childhood favorite of mine, for decades.
Even stranger, the song that stuck, that just wouldn’t go away, was from Tevye’s Monologue where he finds out that Motel, the tailor and his daughter, Tzeitel had pledged to marry each other, behind his back.
The custom in their village was for weddings to be arranged by a matchmaker with the matches being sanctioned by the father. That was the tradition!
As I recall Tevye’s outrage at the young couple, daring to go against their culture, I immediately felt grateful that we don’t require a go-between to have a relationship with God.
Can you imagine? Having to go through your parents, or a friend or a spouse to access forgiveness from God?
Thankfully, we are encouraged to do the exact opposite.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 NLT
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
1 John 1:9 NLT
The only middle man we would ever need was not of earthly origin. Jesus left His status as the Son of God to come to this earth to die for our sins. And that sacrifice on that cross thousands of years ago made our direct access to God’s grace possible today.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 NLT
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” 1 John 2:1 NLT
If the custom you are used to has been to access God through another human being, you need to break that tradition.
It took a lot of courage on Motel and Tzeitel’s part to go against eveything they had been brought up to accept as the only way of doing things.
But you can too.
Just because it’s what you’re used to, just because it’s tradition, doesn’t make it right. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 KJV
The enemy wants you to feel unworthy to approach God for yourself. Don’t!
You are His child; blood-bought, adopted.
“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 NLT
If you need a little help asking God into your life today, you can pray this simple prayer. It’s as easy as ABC.
Dear God, I accept that there is no life worth living without you. I believe that You gave Your only Son to die for my sins. And so I confess my sins to You and claim the victory through the help of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Friends, this prayer doesn’t guarantee that you won’t struggle or face hardships.
But remember that you have 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, nonstop, wireless, personalized access to the great God of the universe and He promises to be there for you whenever you call on Him.
No go-between necessary!