Pr. 20:8: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters all evil with his eyes.”
Obviously not all kings are or have been the same. The character of the king would certainly determine his judgments.
This verse brings to mind my current situation. From my seat on the couch, where I have positioned myself while my leg heals, I can see a lot of different things.
This morning, as the sun has been streaming so beautifully through the door, I can see every speck of dust on my floor. I can see things outside that need to be taken care of. I can see dvd’s out of place, things in the floor that don’t belong, and decorations positioned in ways I don’t prefer.
I certainly have the option to use my seat as a place of corrupt judgment, tyrannically demanding that every little thing be exactly to my specifications and liking. However, I also have the option of using wise judgment and understanding, ruling out what is truly imperative and what is not.
When we make judgments based on self-interests alone, we are doing an injustice to those around us. When we count everything as “evil,” then nothing truly is. We must wisely discriminate which infringements require us to rule in a negative way and which do not.
It’s amazing that The Lord, our God, sits on a throne of grace where we are offered mercy time after time. God sees into our hearts. He may see things out of place, He may notice specks of dirt or brokenness, but He rightly judges.
God does not look on us through eyes of anger, but through eyes of love. He does not rule in His own self-interest, but in ours. He sent His own Son to take our punishment, offering us reward through accepting that sacrifice. He even offers help anytime we ask.
What a mighty a God we truly serve! God cannot tolerate sin, but He can see into our hearts, and when we are truly broken before Him, grace through the blood of Jesus covers and frees us.
God isn’t sitting around looking for the debris or disorganization in our lives so that He can judge us harshly. Our King, is gazing lovingly at those who choose to call Him Father, with arms outstretched, grace and mercy pouring from His throne.
Yes, those who do not turn from Him will be judged, as well, but it is not His desire. His character is proven by His love. His judgments are pure and we can trust in Him.