Our relationship with God is reciprocal in many respects.

He can speak with us anytime. We can always pray to him. He never abandons us. We are always in his presence. He inherently loves us by nature. We love him in return, by volition.

God accommodates our preferences when they fit within the bounds of his plans and precepts. He answers many prayers as we wish.

Subject to his righteousness, God directs our steps along the paths we choose as we attempt to achieve the personal goals we set.

Occasionally, God delivers special reassurances at our behest to bolster our certainty. Sometimes he even changes the details of his plans in response to our pleas.

We are bound for disappointment, however, if we think this interplay means we can impose demands on God.

We are not his peers. He is our sovereign. He is not subject to our will. We are subject to his. We are in no position to require him to make concessions, or grant exceptions, for us.

God comes to the aid of the humble. He does not perform tricks for the arrogant.