God Reveals Himself When We Partake In His Character
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
God reveals His character as we participate in it. He has shown that He is faithful in His word. He has ensured that all of the promises that He has made in through His prophets have or will come to pass. Prophecies made over twenty-five hundred years ago have only recently come to pass. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, but does so on His timetable in order to bring glory to Himself.
When we are faithful to Him and others, God shows us His faithfulness. He manifests this aspect of His character in His dealings with us. He will bring about circumstances in our lives that will cause us to rely upon Him for His help, and then He will show Himself faithful in extricating us from those circumstances.
When we are blameless before God, He shows us that He is blameless as well. This does not mean that no difficulties will be encountered, but that God does not fail to keep His promises. God will show the blameless that He is blameless. In every aspect of God’s character, He shows us more of Himself when we participate in it. To the merciful He shows mercy. In every way, God is faithful to reveal His character.
And when we are pure in heart, He reveals even more: for we will see God. God delights in revealing His character to us. He greatly desires to be known as He knows us. And although we will only see in part in this life, He will fully reveal Himself in the coming eternity. God is greatly desiring us to know Him better in this life. We should take every opportunity to experience His character through our actions and words to others. For it is only in the experiential knowledge of His character do we truly begin to know and see His character more fully.
Helping the Humble
Jesus said that he was gentle and humble in heart. God helped Jesus through every trial and tribulation that He faced. He provided Jesus with food and other provisions as were required. God provided Jesus with power and wisdom. In all things, God helps the humble in heart. He even lifts us up when we humble ourselves. Humility is the correct and appropriate manner of behavior before Almighty God. Jesus has shown us how to behave before God, and being God, revealed the Father to us fully. If you are having difficulties, humble yourself before God.
And for the proud and devious, God has a different aspect of character to reveal – His holy righteous judgement and, eventually, wrath. God gives us every opportunity to humble ourselves before Him. Whether that was a prophet declaring the coming wrath of God, His holy word speaking to us, and/or the occasional terror that comes through our enemies overcoming us, God gives us the opportunity. And when we do not heed His merciful and gracious promptings, He is forced by His character to do what is necessary.
And while mercy and grace triumph over justice, it is justice that must be meted out when we refuse to obey. God will be shrewd with those who are devious, and eventually thwart their plans. For some He will allow them to greatly prosper and literally get away with murder here on Earth. But they will be lulled into a false security, for when they are required to give an accounting of themselves before His great throne of justice on that final and terrible day, they will only then realize the terrible end that they have reaped according to what they have sown. Remember that God is faithful in all things, even if His timing is not our own.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I participating in God’s character through experiential knowledge of it?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You reveal Yourself to us both through Your word and Your character. You always seek to help us so that we would know You better. Remember me this day, and help me to participate in Your character in a greater way. Help me to experience Your character as I put it into practice in my daily life. Help me to be faithful, blameless, pure, merciful, gentle, and humble in heart. May each of these qualities be found in my character as I interact with others. Forgive me for my many sins, and show me how to live this way. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.