My hands were sweaty, my heartbeat fast and I sat stiff on that courtroom chair nearly two decades ago.
My first days as a court interpreter were grueling. They were brutal and the stress almost defeated me.
“Mrs. Eckles, approach the bench,” the judge said during one of the sessions.
I froze, swallowed hard and headed toward him.
I trembled. Judges judge you, exert punishment, and sometimes might even dictate your destiny.
To my shock, rather than reprimand, his words were ones of affirmation and praise about my job as an interpreter. They didn’t hold condemnation or harshness.
I hope you don’t do what I did when approaching God’s divine bench. When Christ lives in us, His words ring different than what we expect. Rather than scolding, He gives reassurance. Rather than punishment, He extends mercy. Rather than condemnation, He gives us forgiveness.
While the world becomes a grueling place to live, He gives His word to speak to our soul:
- When we’re judged by others, insulted by some and rejected by most, our soul declares: “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11)
- While we’re weak during trials and waning during difficulties, we declare: “Two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11-12)
- When we fail, we know His purpose to come to earth. When feeling sad, we know His words that lift us up. When confused, He brings clarity… “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him [Jesus].” (John 3:17)
Father, my fear of your judgment turned to gratitude, for your love rules your actions, and your mercy and compassion dictate my destiny. In the name of Jesus, thank you. Amen.
- What will you hear from God’s judgment seat?
- How do you judge yourself when you fail?
- What will you do when you face the divine judge?
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