Today's encouragement comes from 2 Chronicles 12:12, which says this:
"When he [King Rehoboam] humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah."
It is amazing, what a little (but genuine) humility will do for any one of us. God was about ready to "clean Rehoboam's clock" for his idolat-ry--but when the prophet came and rebuked him, he (the king) re-pented. God seems to be practically unable to look on a contrite soul with anything but grace, mercy, and divine pity.
This is the glory of the faithful churched Christian: he or she can come to God in Christ alone--which is the ultimate expression of sincere hu-mility. No works are trusted in, nor alleged self-righteousness--only the righteousness of the Savior (plus nothing).
[Puritan quote of the day: "Are your sins high as heaven? The mercies of God are above the heavens." --Isaac Ambrose, in, "The Christian Warrior"]