May 4, God’s Response

Today’s reading: Psalms 16-20

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty” - Psalm 18:25-27.

Someone once said, “God is playing chess with man; He matches his every move.” This passage indicates there is some truth to that saying. It seems that God responds to people in the way they respond to Him and other people. God is willing to show Himself faithful, blameless, pure, or shrewd, and He ultimately saves those who are humble. If you are not satisfied with how God is revealing Himself to you, then you may be playing some role in the problem. The good news is that if you humble yourself, God will respond and save you from whatever you need saving, including yourself: “For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15). Where can you do a better job of “controlling” or affecting God’s response to you by repenting and improving your attitude or behavior? Where have you not yet ‘let go and let God’?