We all have a story, and doesn’t it make a difference when we know them? How quick sometimes, I can read into a situation or a person and think I have it figured out. I judge a problem not knowing all the details. Today’s reading of Psalm 82 is a plea for justice. How quickly we want justice to be served when it deals with others, but when it deals with us…not so much.
As I read through today’s verses, I came to the following verse that caused me to pause and dig deeper. The Hebrew word translated as “gods” in Psalm 82:6 is Elohim. The Hebrew word Elohim is translated as “judges.”
“I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High”
These words are another heart check I can reflect on daily. The word “gods” refers to the judges of the earth. The fleshly impulse to judge a situation that includes others can present itself daily.
Do I model grace in a situation like the Lord has given me?
Is my conversation or thoughts representing the fruits of the Spirit?
Our spiritual growth is being tested and sliding or growing each day. Judging others is not what we should do. Christians are also called to speak the truth in love and respect. Do I say of His truth or pass judgment? Am I there yet? Not always.
The truth is that we are all sons and daughters of the Most High. I will one day face Him, and He will have all those of the flesh sins of judgment. My prayer is for an increase in obedience and submission to His ways.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
We are not God. God is God, and we who know Christ are His children.
Father, help us be mindful that judging others is not our place. We are no better than they are, and you will bring down and lift up as you see fit. Help us trust your almighty plan and the power of your love to capture hearts and transform people. Thank you for capturing our hearts.