Today’s reading: I Timothy 3, 4, 5, Proverbs 23
I Timothy 5:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. 25 Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.
I am a people watcher. I like to observe how different people act and react in various situations in life, both good and bad. I also like to read biographies for the purpose of learning both what to apply in my life and what to avoid. I have learned to do that without judging people and their motives. This type of learning has made me a good student of life and has paid great dividends in my life.
Early on in my life, however, I found myself judging people and judging God unfair. I would watch someone who lived in compromise and acted in unethical ways or harshly treated others and I expected lightning to strike them or God to judge that situation quickly. When appropriate judgment was not meted out according to my worthy assessment and timetable, I would make a mental note, “not fair.”
On the flip side, I have observed others, including myself, who were living and acting ethically, morally right, and treating people fairly, yet seemed to get the raw end of the deal. This was definitely not right! I would think to myself in those situation, “God, don’t you see what’s going on? And what are you going to do about it?”
I think each of us has observed similar circumstances I have described here. Maybe your reactions were more holy than mine, but I had to learn to view all such situations through the prism of the passage above. The truth is some men’s sins become exposed and dealt with adequately, swiftly, and justly in this life and some do not. But make no mistake about it, they will be dealt with, even if only at Judgment day when our life on this earth is over.
Several years ago there was a celebrity on trial for the murder of two people. The evidence seemed overwhelming against him. Yet in the trial, the judge allowed the defense attorneys to use racial prejudice as a motive to discredit the law enforcement officers who investigated this crime and crime scene. The judge seemed to be more indignant toward the fact that one of the investigating officers was discovered to have used the “N” word one time in his life than over the fact that two people had been murdered. Eventually, the jury ruled this man innocent.
This seemed to me a major travesty of justice. It was completely unfair. Yet it happened. Everything in this life does not turn out fair. Get used to it and ask God to give you grace to get over it. How do I do this, Pastor Greg? By trusting God with all such apparent inequities instead of blaming God for them. You and I cannot control everything in this life and neither can we be objective and wise enough to be accurate judges.
I have decided to leave the judgment of “unfair” situations to Him and love God and trust God with things I do not understand. It makes life a whole lot simpler and my spirit much more free than carrying the burden of judgment, unforgiveness, and offence. Ultimately, whether in this life or the life after, all will be judged fair and equitably by Him.
I am so glad God hasn’t judged me as quickly or as harshly as I have felt He should do toward others. Thank God for the sacrifice and blood of Jesus shed for their sins and mine. Pray for mercy to be extended the next time you are tempted to judge life unfair. Think about it.