“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” (Psalm 138:6)
If we are proud and self-sufficient, God doesn’t know us. That means He leaves us alone, the same way you leave the closed stranger across the street alone. You may want to know the man. You may try and reach out to him and be as friendly as you can; but if he wishes to shut you out, if he has no need for you, you must respect his decision and know him “afar off.”
The wicked, through the pride of their countenance, don’t seek God. (Ps. 10:4) They have no desire to involve God in their life. God is not in all their thoughts. Likewise, God does not have them in all His thoughts. He leaves them to their own devices. He lets life without Him take its toll on them. He is right there and ready to be gracious to them at the sound of their voice, but they are going to have to call upon Him.
God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of states.
God is not far from any person in terms of readiness to get involved in their life. Should anyone seek Him, He will be found by them. (Acts 17:27) He does not create movement in some toward Him, while refusing to have anything to do with others. Jesus said that if He was lifted up, He would draw all men to Him. (John 12:32) Scripture declares that John the Baptist was sent by God “to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.” (John 1:7) But did all believe? No. The Pharisees already had their answers and didn’t think they needed any help from this backwoods preacher. But as many as received Jesus, to them God gave power to become His children.
Brokenness and humility always attracts God’s movement toward us. Acknowledge you’re sick or in trouble and you could use His help and God, your good neighbor, will be “at your door” in a flash. God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of states. He has “respect unto the lowly.” But pride will always cause God to resist us. He will not break down the door to any persons life. He waits for us to open it.
Humble yourself before God. Today is the day of salvation. Seek Him while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near enough to help you. He stands ready, willing, and able. Get Him involved in your life before it’s too late, and He leaves you alone for eternity.