No Misjudgment

Michael Beck

“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23)

Unrighteous judgment is judgment after the sight of the eyes and the hearing of the ears. It judges after its own standards and quickly places people into categories. Job’s friends were wise in their own eyes. It took them seven days to figure Job out. Then their verdict came: his wickedness was great, and his iniquities were infinite. (Job 22:5) The Pharisees also were puzzled at first, but then they finally reached their conclusions about Jesus – He was a madman, a blasphemer, a transgressor.

Do not let the judgment of men vex you. Why should you seek proper recognition or vindication from those whose opinions are so often wrong? They look on the outward appearance and not on the heart. They are apt to praise the wicked and condemn the just. They are, more often than not, simply wise in their own conceits.

The Lord wants us to bear patiently the reproaches of men. He uses such to try our hearts. He would see whether we want to be known of men or known of Him. He wants us to declare: “Lord, it is enough that You know me.” Commit yourself to Him who will never misjudge you.

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.