Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 21, 2018
God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the “gods”. Psalm 82:1
God presides over the courtroom of our culture. He is the Chief Justice over our cares, concerns and corruption. Nothing done in this life sneaks by our Savior. We can be certain that Christ will judge our actions, or our inactions. He is the judge to be feared. He is the judge our judges should fear. For instance, Moses sat in judgment of the people. They stood to plead their case and he sat, listened and dispensed wisdom (Exodus 18:13). God was his model of justice.
Indeed, the judges of our land are not the final answer. They answer to Almighty God. Woe to them if they acquit the guilty, or condemn the innocent. Great responsibility resides with the one who presides in judgment. Therefore, pray for our judges to petition heaven for help. There is a guide for defining right and wrong. The Bible is the basis for our justice system. Holy Scripture is the baseline for our laws. It defines and illustrates God’s moral law. It is designed to be the conscience of our culture. Judges do have boundaries to prevent them from perverting justice.
“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain…Have them serve as judges for the people” (Exodus 18:21-22).
The same applies to us when we find ourselves in a position to preside over another’s problems.
Two parties may bring to us conflicting opinions. Our first question as mediator is “What does the Bible teach?” “What eternal principles apply to this situation?” A child may be right in their grievance against their parents, but are they honoring them in the process (Ephesians 6:4)? We use our level of influence to leverage what the Lord thinks. Engage conflict with Christ’s view.
Lastly, live your life with actions that can stand under the scrutiny of your Savior. Be ever aware of the courtroom of Christ as your ultimate accountability (I Corinthians 3:11-13). You may mask your motives with a smile and sincerity, but your true intent will one day be exposed. The Lord God is your final authority. What you do in the dark—where no one is watching—will one day come out under the light of the Lord. Live an accountable life that one day answers to God.
“He [the Lord] will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Heavenly Father, I look to you as the Judge of my life and world, I submit to You, Your justice and truth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Do I trust the Lord as the ultimate judge? What motives of mine does the Spirit need to purify?
The judges of our land are not the final answer. They answer to Almighty God. #WisdomHunters #Godpresides
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