Before the Time

Michael Beck

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

There is a time when all things will be made plain. Every mystery will be solved. All that befuddled, bewildered and mystified will be as clear as day. No one will be unjustly accused; no one will get away with anything. Perfect justice will be served. All will be judged according to the truth of God. Men’s opinions and faulty judgments will mean nothing.

In that day many who now weep will laugh, and many who now laugh will weep. Surprises are in store: many villainized will be vindicated; many canonized will be castigated. If in that day alone we will be fully known and properly rewarded, why do we care what men think of us now – “before the time?” Anticipating the day of perfect judgment, Paul would not allow his critics to get under his skin. “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.” (1 Corinthians 4:3)

It does not matter how good a case anyone is building against you. They could have the whole world convinced you are the devil, deserving of the lowest hell. But God knows better – and one day you will answer to Him, and Him alone. His judgment seat awaits. There is still time to please Him, and even have His legitimate case against you dismissed.

Don’t let the judgment of man torment you. Seek to be right before God. What He has to say about you when you stand before His throne may surprise your fiercest critic.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.