One of the things I love about the Book of Proverbs is the wisdom that permeates the pages of the book. It provides such great reminders of what it means to live in grace. The fact the words of Proverbs were even transcribed is gracious of the Lord to me.
This book reminds me over and over I am loved by God, I can trust Him, there are consequences for my actions, but there is ultimately grace when we turn back to God. The first chapter leads with this message when it reads:
How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
– Proverbs 1:22-23
First the rebuke and then the grace and then the promises.
This is such a beautiful picture of our relationship with God, isn’t it? To think – the number of times I put my foot in my mouth, think a dishonoring thought about a situation, have a bad attitude, get impatient, gossip or fill in the blank. God is so good to extend grace to us.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to really beat myself up when I know I messed up in a situation. Even if someone else forgives me, I have a hard time forgiving myself. But God forgives and He shows us He still loves us even after we mess up. How freeing it is to know and not allow ourselves to feel defeated about our individual circumstances!
Being truly set apart as believers means we need to embrace the fact we can lead undefeated lives! We don’t have to dwell on the past, but we can move on looking forward to what God is going to do still.
Rest in God’s grace today and take to heart the wisdom He gives. Find refreshment in it. I love to read a proverb a day. Would you join me? These simple reminders can help us all guard against the temptations we experience every day – including the temptation to feel defeated.