Tuesday, 3 November 2015
In our pursuit for excellence, we practice comparing and contrasting, categorizing and classifying … Whether we do it consciously or subconsciously, we are doing it. Are we ‘judging’ people?
God is intimately acquainted with all our ways. Whether it is darkness or light, our God sees. He sees clearly. He sees all. Nothing is hidden from His sight.
Charles Swindoll said, “All things are open and laid bare before Him: our darkest secret, our deepest shame, our stormy past, our worst thought, our hidden motive, our vilest imagination … even our vain attempts to cover the ugly with snow-white beauty. He comes up so close. He sees it all. He knows our frame. He remembers we are dust. Best of all, He loves us still.” Unquote.
If God is the Only Judge, who are we to judge?
If you are a parent, you have to ‘judge’. If you are a manager or supervisor, you have to ‘judge’. If you are the chief executive officer, you have to ‘judge’ …
What does the LORD require of us? The answer is: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)
I have observed ‘double-standard’ judgment when a teacher failed to punish her own child but punished other children for doing something they should not do. I was puzzled.
When I was much younger, I was annoyed when someone used me as an excuse for not doing certain things; I was angry when someone used me as the reason for not arriving on time … I hate being blamed when I’m not the one to be blamed. One day, I asked myself, “Does it really matter? Is there anything that can be hidden from the LORD?”
Dear Father God,
Your Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from Your sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before Your eyes to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; Let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each person’s life is but a breath. I have resolved that my mouth will not sin ... You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
I praise You LORD! I forget not all Your benefits – You forgive all my sins and heals all my diseases. You redeemed my life from the pit and crown me with love and compassion. You satisfy my desires with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. You will not always accuse, nor will You harbor Your anger forever; You do not treat me as my sins deserve or repay me according to my iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is Your love for those who fear You; as far as the east is from the west, so far have You removed my transgressions from me.
As a father has compassion on his children, You have compassion on those who fear You; for You know how we are formed, You remember that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourished like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting, Your love is with those who fear You, and Your righteousness with our children’s children – with those who keep Your covenant and remember to obey Your precepts. I praise You LORD with all my heart! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling