Friday, November 13, 2009

daily text 11/13

Friday, November 13th, 2009
"He will be made to stand, for Jehovah can make him stand." (Romans 14:4)

Jesus was keenly aware that imperfect humans often have a tendency to be judgmental. He counseled: “Stop judging that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1) Notice that Jesus did not say: “Do not judge”; he said: “Stop judging.” He knew that many of his listeners were already in the habit of being critical of others. Could it be that we have developed such a habit? If we have that tendency, we ought to work hard to change, so that we are not adversely judged. Really, who are we to judge someone whom Jehovah is using in an appointed position or to say that he should not be part of the congregation? A brother may have some shortcomings, but if Jehovah continues to accept him, would it be proper for us to reject him? (John 6:44) Do we really believe that Jehovah is leading his congregated people and that if adjustments need to be made, he will take action in his due time?
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 5:5)

*King David set a stellar example in this area. There are 2 particular instances in his life that stand out to me at the moment (though I'm sure I could think of many more).

1st - He showed respect for Saul as God's anointed king, despite the terrible treatment he was dealt
David had every reason in the world to be critical and judgemental of Saul, because not only had he failed to obey and live up to Jehovah's laws, but he also forced David to become a fugitive by relentlessly hounding him and even trying to kill him on numerous occasions! David's life was turned upside down, and constantly put in danger on account of this man,...yet he still refused to strike out against him (either physically or verbally) because David respected the fact that Saul was "the anointed of Jehovah" (1 Samuel 24:6) and was still King of Israel at the time. He was willing to 'wait on Jehovah' to correct matters instead of acting against Saul on his own.
"May Jehovah judge between me and you; and Jehovah must take vengeance for me from you, but my own hand will not come to be upon you." (1 Samuel 24:12)
So when it comes to showing respect for Jehovah's arrangement and those who are in positions of oversight, is there a better example than that??? I think not! =)

2nd -David didn't criticize or find fault with his men, despite their weaknesses.
In 1 Samuel chapter 30, the Amalekites had just made a raid on the city and burned it, and had taken captive all the wives, children, livestock, and belongings of David and his men.
At first, his men were so upset that they began to turn on him...but David took it in stride and didn't hold it against them. Then later, while they were chasing after the Amalekite marauder band, 200 of David's men were too tired to go on with the rest and needed to wait behind.
Well when the other 400 men returned, some of them began acting very critical & judgemental by refusing to divide the recovered spoil with the men who had been too tired to go along with them. But once again David displayed a very non-judgemental, non-critical, understanding attitude, by saying:
“You must not do that way, my brothers,...For as the share of the one that went down into the battle even so will the share of the one that sat by the baggage be. All will have a share together.” (1 Samuel 30:23, 24)