God the Righteous Judge!

Scripture reading for April 26: 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! Truth is liberating!

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.  There should be no injustice, partiality, or bribery, for God is righteous!

“He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment. Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking bribes.”  (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7) 

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. Bribery and partiality have distorted justice.   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 as judges in our land. What are some things you might do to renew respect for law and law enforcement in our land? Is God’s Word the foundation of your life?

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