Wednesday, March 2, 2016

That Position Has Been Filled

Have you ever applied for a position only to be told it has been filled?  Scripture warns us there is a position we often try to assume that has already been filled—that of judge.

“God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge.” (James 4:12)

And yet, we still try to fill that seat, assessing others based on our own flawed view. Scripture is very clear that God doesn’t take too kindly to others trying usurp his office, warning us, “Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others. (Matthew 7:1-2)

Do I really want that—do I want God judging me in the same swift, harsh manner that I judge others? I think not! So many times I jump to conclusions and judge without thinking things through, without knowing the whole story, without any more than circumstantial evidence. Consider this scenario:

One winter evening, a woman was driving to a meeting. About 30 minutes into her trip, her car engine cut out on her. She checked the fuel gauge—she wasn’t out of gas, but something was definitely wrong. Thankfully, there was a quick mart at the intersection ahead and she prayed the car into the parking lot.

Unfortunately, the little store was closed and she was in a dead zone for her cellphone carrier. However, there was a tavern across the road so she cautiously crossed the highway in her high-heeled shoes and went inside to call her husband. As she exited the tavern, her heel slipped into a crack in the sidewalk. With arms flailing, she pitched forward, and went down on her hands and knees.

Just as this mishap toke place, a couple from her church stopped at the traffic signal. The movement at the entrance to the tavern drew their attention. Looking over, they gasped in recognition.

What will they most likely assume about the stranded woman? Yes, the couple would be in error, but wouldn’t we be just as quick to judge wrongly?

According to Scripture we are overstepping our bounds when we judge. After all, we aren’t perfect. By God’s holy standards, everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. (Romans 6:23)

So then, when we are tempted to judge what should we to do instead?

First, we should look at ourselves. Matthew 7: 3-5 talks about taking the logs out of our own eyes while 2 Corinthians 13:5 urges us to examine ourselves.

Second, trust God. Don’t worry—He sees and He knows. God has set a time for judgement (Psalm 75:2), and He will be the one to judge—and quite fairly, I might add. (Hebrews 10:30b)

Third, show mercy. “God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13) We all hope for mercy when we fail and falter. We can extend that same mercy to those whose behavior or words may not be what we expect.

No judges are needed. That position has already been filled.

Be encouraged!

©2016 Pamela D. Williams


  1. I try to keep in mind my own sins are glaring enough. I don't need to bring another person's to light to make mine shine dimmer. Good word pam

    1. Thanks, Bill. I think you are right. It is often the case that when we judge we are actually trying to make ourselves look better.

  2. God is looking for witnesses not judges.

  3. Hi Pam! That story about the woman who fell in front of the tavern is precious! So funny, but so true. I'm sure I'd be confused by what I saw if it was me in that car. I wonder if I'd even stop to help?

    The idea of the job of judgement being filled is a good concept. Let God be God, because I'm already up to my ears in trying to love and obey. I don't need an extra job!
    Have a good week Pam :)

    1. Oh, Ceil, you are spot on--our "job" is to love and obey! Blessings on your week-end and your speaking engagements!

  4. Great post and reminder, Pam. It takes time and a lot of wisdom from our Father to begin to think in these terms. Peculiar how when we begin to think less of ourselves in humility how we really begin to see the world through the eyes of our Father.

    Wisdom from Above bids us to crave mercy... not justice...

    Wonderful and thought provoking post.

    1. Thanks, Floyd. If we take an honest look at ourselves, we can see we have no right to judge someone else.

  5. Makes you wonder if they stopped to help doesn't it. Looking at other's with the eyes of Jesus - if only we could do it every time. Bless your heart Pam.

    1. I always loved the song "Her Father's Eyes" by Amy Grant. I wish I, too, could see through the eyes of the Father.

  6. Great post, Pam. And I liked the story about the woman - yes, we are all guilty of making snap judgments, and all too often, we are very wrong. I don't know what it is about human nature that makes us this way. Maybe something to do with wanting to be *better than the next guy*? May the Lord work in our hearts to remedy this tendency. I thought your three countermeasures were most helpful.

    May the Holy Spirit keep us from judging, and instead give us His sense of righteous discernment.


    1. I think you are right about "wanting to be better than the next guy." Praying along with you!