It seems more so than ever people are asking ‘why’ or ‘who says’ when presented with the dos’ and dont’s of life. At some point someone in a position of authority put a rule in place that guides much of our life. Even with these lower level authoritarians there has to be an ultimate judge and lawgiver. It is NOT an individual who sits on the Supreme Court of his country nor on some United Nations judicial body. The ultimate authority is God not man and God has transferred the authority to Jesus Christ Who personified the Word of God in His life.
If we truly believe God is our Creator and final authority then we must also give Him proper respect. In fact dating back to the time of Moses blasphemy or cursing God’s name was grounds for death (Leviticus 24:12-14). Today it is common place and Christians remain sadly silent. That lack of respect which is generated out of unbelief has already been judged and these individuals are guilty as Jesus Himself tells us in John 3:18. The only thing remaining is the final judgment where the soul is sent to…well we all know that ending.
Thankfully we have a righteous judge (2 Timothy 4:8) and if we follow His Word (Ephesians 6:17) we will receive eternal life by our faith through God’s grace. Today we live in a world that keeps searching for and asking what is truth. Judges define it according to their personal agenda yet should we in our lives or those who sit in position of judge use the Words of God as ultimate authority then it will be easy to know what is PROHIBITED OR PERMITTED.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: With God as judge ALL will be subject to divine judgment.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: 1 Kings 3:9 “a judge is needful of great wisdom”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord strengthen me unto obedience to Your will.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- How should our judges make their decisions?
- How has understanding of separation of church and state effected judicial decisions?
- How is the Bible used in judicial decision making today?
- Have you made an appearance before a judge?