Proverbs 16 6-16-21

God is never disappointed with us. How can He? He knows everything! He paid for every rebellion, mistake, and failure.

2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD [God knows everything].

15:11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD–how much more do human hearts.

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25a

Therefore, (there is) now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

As we can see, God knows everything about us: our past, our present, and our future. Instead of seeing our sin, though, He sees us through the filter of the blood of Christ. We have been declared BLAMELESS. Not only that, we have been adopted into God’s family! Our sins are forgiven, past, present and future. So, what happens when we sin now that we are His? Our sin carries a different consequence. It still destroys, but now God uses it to “teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness.”

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and [when applied to our lives] is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

There’s a reason He calls us “little children.” Spiritually, we are! It takes “teaching moments” and lots of them before we catch on. God is the Source of all patience; He doesn’t lose His temper, He doesn’t have unrealistic expectations or even unspoken expectations. Granted, many of His promises and warnings are stated in His Word and He urges us to learn them; when we don’t, then there are consequences–brought on not by God, but by our willful disobedience. And, just so you know,

“Delayed obedience is disobedience.”

But, He gently brings us back to the right path; He doesn’t yell at us, nor does He accuse us. Instead, He offers instant fellowship and reinstatement. He is the essence of gentleness, kindness and goodness. His love makes us want to please Him.

Want to know what God wants? What He likes? “And find out what pleases the LORD” Ephesians 5:10. Ask Him and He will show you personally in His Word, in a sermon, in a song, in the conversation with a friend–in any number of ways as you and He walk together.

Abba, may my readers walk with You today. I know that You will show them what is pleasing to You. I also know that You are pleased with them because they have believed (and trusted in) Your Son, Jesus. Now, with Your Spirit in us, we WANT to please You! It’s our new nature. Grow us, O Lord, until we are just like Jesus. Amen.

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