Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 15th, 2022. Happy birthday to my youngest daughter Abigail! Today we find out that God is not a doting grandfather figure nor a strict enforcer of the commandments; He is both. And which of the two He leans toward will be … up to us! Read on…
Ezekiel 38,39; Psalms 145; Revelation 20
“The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You …” (Psalm 145:14-15)
God has always been faithful to lift up, satisfy, bring life, and support. But, as gracious as He is, He is not a sugar daddy, an “it’s-all-right-baby,” passive parent. He is merciful and compassionate but also a God of judgment and justice.
So what is it that brings Him to one side or the other?
“He sustains those who are bowed down, the eyes of all who look to Him” (Psalm 145:15).
What is it that God sees that will exude His mercy rather than judgment? It is the very posture of our hearts that catches His attention and turns His gauge either to judgment or mercy.
Today, I want to develop a bowed-down heart, which begins with me stepping on pride and defensiveness. I will allow Him total control — to tip the scales in whatever direction He chooses. “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:6-7).
Dear Father, thank You so much for helping me to see You as You really are — not as a figurehead or an adoring but out-of-touch parent who thinks their child can do no wrong. The more I see You as You are, the more I can grow straight, act wisely, and battle confidently. Thank You for who You are. Please help me to serve You with a humble heart — not a gullible one, but a humble one. Help me to trust completely in You and follow You fully.