God is so very gracious. Perhaps the greatest ongoing evidence of God's grace resulting from the cross is that He does not smite us when we sin each day, but invites us to confess repeatedly and picks us back up over and over again. In the Old Testament, God would sometimes send prophets to kings who sinned. We often view prophets as preachers of doom. But these messengers were actually agents of God's grace whose threats of judgment were in fact invitations for repentance. Some kings accepted that invitation and turned away from their sins. Other kings responded with hardness of heart and pride. They would rather suffer imminent consequences than bend their knee in acknowledgment of an Authority greater than themselves.