We have a lot of judges in this world. Some of them have even been appointed to their positions by popular vote. Judges play a vital role in the court system. But every judge must perform his office from the viewpoint that he is imperfect and stands in need of God’s wisdom. When a person assumes he has a God-given right to judge the motives and actions of others, he usurps authority only God possesses.

God is the Perfect, Just Judge Who knows all things. Not even the deepest recesses of our hearts are hidden from Him. The same goes for our actions. He knows everything we have ever said or done, both public and private, and judges us accordingly. His judgment is always just.

The all-knowing God will someday judge the world in righteousness and truth. All who have dared to speak against Him will be silenced. If God will judge us, we should be careful how we judge others. This puts a great responsibility on the shoulders of those God has appointed as judges or overseers. We must judge righteously.

Do you have a critical spirit towards others? Remember you are a creature standing before an infinite Creator, Whose judgment is always right. Rather than focusing on others’ faults, consider yourself against the holiness of God. When you see your own need of mercy, you’ll extend the same to others instead of judgment.

Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.