God Is a Righteous Judge
"The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself." (Psalm 50:6)
Matt couldn't remember when he had ever been more frustrated at the outcome of a soccer game. The score had been tied 2-2 in the fourth quarter when he had attempted a shot on the goal. The keeper had been out of position, and Matt's kick would have scored if a defender had not deflected it with an outstretched arm. "Hand ball!" Matt had shouted.
But the referee had not blown his whistle. Apparently, he had not seen the foul. The game had continued, and the opposing team cleared the ball to the other end of the field. Two minutes later, they scored a winning goal to break the tie. Matt's team had lost the game.
Afterwards, Matt felt disappointed, but he understood that referees--like parents, teachers, and all other human authority figures--make mistakes. People are not perfect. They are prone to misjudge sometimes.
The only perfect judge is God Himself. He sees and hears everything. He knows not only the outward circumstances, but also the mind and heart of each one of us.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says, "He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." How are you responding to God's perfect "judgment calls" as He arranges the circumstances of your life?
Because God's view is clear and complete, His judgments are always right.
» What judgments is God making about me?
» Does He approve of the things I say, do, and think?
» How Whose judgments am I more concerned about—the judgments of God or of other people?
Truth In Real Life
“It is a mercy that our lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us.”
At the beginning of his ministry in the mid-1800s, most of London seemed to love 19-year-old Charles Spurgeon, but Susannah Thompson was not impressed. She thought he got too excited when he preached, and she said of his hair, “Why, he looks like a barber’s assistant!” But things would soon change for Susannah. She eventually trusted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior under Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and was later discipled by his preaching, and by her life together with him. On January 9, 1856, Charles and Susannah became Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon.
Charles and Susannah Spurgeon loved each other, loved the Lord, and determined to give their entire lives in Christian ministry together. Their strong bond of marriage – one of the strongest marriages ever recorded in Christian history – carried them both through many struggles and heartaches. Both experienced illness, and it is said that Susannah was not even able to leave her house for a period of about fifteen years. She maintained her ministry as a wife and mother to the best of her ability.
Charles lovingly nicknamed her “wifey.” Although she was sick for much of her life, Susannah took care of her twin sons – both of whom God would choose to serve Him in ministry someday. She also began a book fund in which she raised money to give Bible books and commentaries to preachers who were too poor to buy them. During Susannah’s lifetime, she gave away nearly 200,000 books. Her last thoughts before her death were about this fund and the preachers who still needed books.
Susannah Spurgeon is remembered for encouraging and ministering to God’s men in full-time ministry. What can you do to be a blessing to your pastor? You can pray for him, write him notes of encouragement, heed his instruction, and let him know you appreciate him! Have you ever been sick for a long period of time like Susannah? Are you ever tempted to sit around and be angry at God for choosing certain circumstances for you, or do you try to think of ways you can encourage others from exactly where He has put you?
Romans 12:11 – Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.