The importance of Godly Judges!
Scripture reading for April 28: 2nd Chronicles 17-20
A dangerous trend in our own land is the appointment of judges who do not just render decisions based on the law, but try to legislate from the bench. They feel that they can help tailor the laws of the land to meet the needs of more people rather than just interpreting the laws according to their original intent. Every government needs a moral base of what is right and what is wrong. God’s law has proven to be the best definition of right and wrong that was ever written down!
In today’s reading, King Jehoshaphat had narrowly escaped death when he unwisely allied himself with King Ahab of Israel. When he cried out to the Lord, God spared his life. King Jehoshaphat decided to bring more reform to the people he served. He appointed judges in each of the fortified cities and gave them strict instructions about how to serve the Lord and His people. He told them that each decision should be rendered as from the Lord and that the fear of the Lord should be upon them. (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7) There should be no injustice, partiality, or bribery, for God is righteous!
In Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites to administer the Law of the Lord. He gave them strict orders to uphold the Law of the Lord and to warn the people not to sin against the Lord or his wrath would come upon them. (2nd Chronicles 19:9-10) They were to act with courage and if they did well, God would be with them and reward them.
God Himself places all authority. (Psalm 75:6-7) God is pleased when that authority rules and enforces His laws. When the authority violates His laws, consequences follow that bring God’s wrath and judgment. Our nation is in peril today because of violating God’s laws. Unrighteous judges have reinterpreted the laws of our land to remove God and His law from the land. Every time a judge rules, he is ruling for God. God does not want to be misrepresented! We as a nation need to take warning from God’s Word about judges and law. We are in danger of God’s wrath and are already experiencing it.
Take time today to pray for those in authority. Pray that they will appoint judges who will impartially interpret the laws. Pray that there will be no bribery, injustice, or partiality. After you pray, think about ways God gives you to make a difference. Vote for godly leaders. Call elected officials and make your godly beliefs known. Teach your children God’s Word and law so that they know what He expects! Discuss with them where our nation violates God’s law so that they can be informed with a Christian world view. If we don’t pray and take action, we will be overwhelmed with ungodly laws, unrighteous judges, and God’s wrath!