Monday, July 02, 2012
I am so thankful for the people who are participating in the Proverbs Challenge to read one chapter every day for 31 days and write down one key principle God teaches you from what your read each day. I am being richly blessed by reading what God is doing in your hearts and lives. Thank you for studying the Wisdom of God’s Word.
It’s not too late for you to get started, as this young lady did just yesterday. I share this with you as an encouragement to come away with Jesus every day and let the Holy Spirit teach you. She writes:
The verse I chose today is Proverbs 1:19
“Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.”
I am a prideful person. I struggle with it. This verse struck me because of the words “unjust gain.” The past three weeks God has been refining me, breaking down me in order to build me up in Him. It has been great! I have been praying for months for Him to do something like this in me. But be careful what you pray for because God knows how much you can take and He’s not going to hold back to get you to where He wants you to be. It’s been difficult. I cried, I got mad, I self-pitied, and I tried to rationalize it out of my mind. But God held tight, sat me down like you do with a stubborn, misbehaving child, and told me to get off His pedestal.
A definition of pedestal is “an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.” That is what I was trying to be for my life. I knew I was saved. I believed in what Christ has done for me, I was growing in Him, and I was learning so much about Him and what it looked like to live out the Christian life. But somewhere along the way I decided I was independent enough to support my own life. I became greedy. I was the person in the proverb who “is greedy for unjust gain.” I went so far as to take my salvation for granted and thought God was fortunate to save me. Haha! Well played Satan, but God always wins. Yes, I became prideful, but through all my sin, God still shown through! He was able to witness to the lost, build-up his children, and grow the people I was meeting with in His name, despite my selfish greed! GOD IS SO GOOD! I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by His sovereignty, and power that exceeds all sin. He’s won me over again and again. He is my Savior! And I am saved by the grace that comes directly from Him, “founded solely on the work of the cross, totally apart from anything whatsoever in or from (me)” (Green Letters by Stanford). I am weak. I’ve always been weak, but now I’m listening. As a result, He’s on His pedestal again and I am on my knees in humble worship of His overwhelming grace and mercy.
In closing I have to chuckle at the verse of the day. You’ll see why… Romans 12:3
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”