“Therefore The LORD the God of Isra’el says, ‘I did indeed say that your family and your father’s family would walk in my presence forever.’ But now The LORD says, ‘Forget it! I respect those who respect me, but those who despise me will meet with contempt.
Respect is a two-way street. Most interpersonal dynamics function on reciprocity. I am in no place to judge others, but this idea is something I don’t hear a lot among my fellow believers. What would happen if we took verses like this to heart and examined our lives through that lens? Would we see our failings and defeats as the callousness of an uncaring Father? Would we see our victories as a reward for our faithfulness and dedication to righteousness? In a way the Almighty is asking for His people to treat him the way that want to be treated. For good or ill, it seems we get what we deserve. So may we have the strength and heart to do good that we may bless others and be blessed in return.