IF ONLY THEY KNEW

Read Romans 2:1-6   

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.  

 He shall not judge by what his eyes see, 

or decide by what his ears hear.

– Isaiah 11:3 (NRSV)

You don't know . . .I was driving in the right lane with my foot to the floorboard. The speed limit was 50 mph, but my car would not go any faster than 20 mph. Several drivers glared as they sped past me. Some had clenched fists, uttering words I thankfully couldn’t understand. They had no idea that I was going as fast as my car would allow. They unfairly judged me solely because of what they saw.

Circumstances and situations aren’t always as they appear. When relevant information is missing or overlooked, we all make assumptions. I learned what it’s like to be on the receiving end of unmerited judgment. God used this incident to humble me and to reveal the sin in my own heart. It was time for me to repent, to turn away from my sin.                                            

How often do we jump to wrong conclusions because we failed to get all the facts? How often have our thoughts about others been judgmental? Instead of judging others, we can delight in God’s goodness and begin to learn how to extend God’s grace to others in their times of need.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, empower our hearts to search beyond what our eyes see so that we are careful not to pass judgment on others. Amen.     

                                                                                              Lydia Gomez Reyes (Texas)

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I HAVE JUDGED 

   

(Published in The Upper Room, September-October 2016 issue, p. 71)
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