Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, Proverbs 3:3 NKJV
We are studying Proverbs.
Yesterday was chapter 3.
Definitely one full of application.
Something stood out that I’d not noticed before.
…Write them on the tablet of your heart, Proverbs 3:3b NKJV
The word tablet is a specific type of medium used to record information.
But a tablet isn’t like paper.
To write upon a tablet you must engrave it.
Not only is this much more time consuming than pencil on paper, it is much more permanent.
Tablets have been found for centuries which have taught us much about ancient cultures.
Thus to engrave mercy and truth upon the tablet of the heart is to speak of a purposeful lasting mark.
Something which doesn’t erase with ease.
Instead, it leaves a deep change upon the heart.
Choosing to carefully, with effort and patience, engrave God’s Word into our hearts is to chisel mercy and truth upon our character.
It’s not going to be a quick half hour job.
Nor will it be easy.
Yet, the rewards of such efforts is truly worthwhile.
And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:4 NKJV
To be held in favor and high esteem by God is a worthy goal.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please help me to engrave Your Word upon my heart. Help me to encourage others to cherish Your Word in the same way. Lord Jesus, please help me to live purposefully, redeeming the time. Please continue to teach me Your mercy and truth, that my character might be a reflection of Yours. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
No, this time I hadn’t walked the path of letting go yet.
What are you willing to give?
God’s question centered me at the heart.
My pain was due to my refusal to accept reality.
She doesn’t belong to me.
She never has.
I love our children so deeply, sometimes I cling to them when I shouldn’t.
A memory surfaced.
At a little over a year old I had to grapple with the fear that she might be severely unwell.
In that season I had to learn to let go and give her to who she belongs to: God.
My thoughts turned to Job.
None knows grief like he.
And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord .” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1:21-22 NKJV
“Lord, forgive me. I surrender all to You. Our children, my husband, our lives, everything.“
And the pain subsided.
“Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy of all praise.”
“Thank You for all Your gifts and blessings.”
I don’t know what today holds.
I don’t know what tomorrow brings.
But I do know Who is holding me.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for forgiving me of my selfishness. For my error in claiming something as mine which is actually Yours. Lord, I repent my mistake and my emotions from yesterday. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for helping me see correctly. You alone are the One who owns it all. I trust You with each step and each day. Thank You for again guiding my heart back to resting in You. Thank You for Your love. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
The tea party was lovely and I was so thankful to God for my family.
As the day came to a close, I realized I needed to get by myself and pray.
There had been an underlying something bothering me.
It was an unsettling, almost fidgety emotion, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.
Before the Lord, it became clear.
This fidgety unsettling feeling was simply my old nemesis: fear.
Where did that creep in?!
Yet, I knew it had to be confessed and submitted to the Lord, rather than worried over.
So, I began, with the Lord, unraveling the balled up mess of fear.
One strand at a time, until I came to the center, hurt.
Something I thought was way back in my past and long since dealt with was the center of this.
My heart hurt and I had to confess this hurt and choose again to forgive, to place it in Jesus’s understanding hands, and to ask Him to fill my hurt with healing and love.
Because when I’m full of love for the ones who hurt me, then I’m no longer afraid the hurt will come again.
Crazy thing about this circumstance, I know it was not intended, nor were they ever aware of it.
Sometimes hurt happens, and just like someone accidentally dropping something on my foot, when they dropped something on my heart I can feel the pain and realize it wasn’t on purpose.
I can walk in forgiveness.
Which was the lesson for my evening.
Although, I didn’t really like having to deal with this sin (because fear of any person but God is sin) I was thankful the Lord showed it to me.
When I first began my “Good morning” chat with the Lord, He pointed out another sin.
My feet hadn’t hit the floor, I hadn’t really done more than roll over and greet the Lord, when He unveiled my heart to me.
This time it was discontent.
It didn’t take more than a moment for God to show me my error.
I immediately recognized my need to repent and return to a place of contentment.
Which I did.
My sorrow lingered, after all I don’t like having sin creep into my life.
It’s disgusting, it hinders my walk with the Lord and my family, it’s a cancer which eats away at my relationships.
I truly appreciate God’s mercy and grace in showing me my heart that I might turn away from sin and choose what is right.
How I long for the day when I no longer struggle in the mire of my own sin and can be completely at rest in Christ.
But I would not shorten my time God has given.
That too would be sin.
Instead, I must continue to learn humility before my Lord and my fellow man.
To keep my heart daily before God, that His light of truth and love may hone me.
Although it was uncomfortable, I feel so much peace now.
To look at my sin and repent, to be washed by Jesus’s love and forgiveness is so refreshing and beautiful.
I know Jesus will continue to walk with me into today and I’m so thankful He loves me enough to deal with my sin.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for walking daily with me. Lord, thank You for dealing with both discontentment and fear in my heart. Please help me to place guards in my actions, my attitudes, and my activities that I might not slip back into either of these sins. Lord, if You would have me speak to someone in more detail so they might hold me accountable on these, I am willing. Lord, I want to live with a pure heart, and You alone are the only One who can create that in me. Please continue to polish my heart, no matter how uncomfortable it is. Thank You for all Your love, mercy, grace, and truth! You are incredible! Thank You for forgiving me. I love You, Jesus!
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalm 23:6 NKJV
This verse isn’t complete unless the beginning of the chapter is included.
“The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1a NKJV
David’s entire song is stateing clearly the blessings of willingly being under the authority and protection of the LORD.
Each verse describes a provision and protection.
There are blessings and comfort.
Finally ending with goodness and mercy flowing into each and everyday.
And all of this is because David has the LORD as his Shepherd.
These verses show us the character of God.
He provides for our needs.
He is our salvation and also heals our souls from the stains of sin.
He is so righteous.
He corrects and guides.
He is full of mercy and His goodness is far superior to our understanding.
And He is preparing a place for those who trust wholeheartedly in Jesus.
Thank You for these incredibly encouraging verses. Lord, I want goodness and mercy to follow me every day of my life. I want to dwell in Your house forever. Please continue to hone my character and help me to let go of anything which would hinder my relationship with You. There is nothing on this Earth which compares to You. Jesus, You are amazing and I thank You for loving me, a sinner. Please help me to see myself as You do so I might learn to quickly turn from sin. Thank You so much for these words. They truly comfort and guide my heart.