Growing up I never got in trouble much with the law. My only problem was I tended to have somewhat of a lead foot. I remember when that lead foot got the best of me.
I was running late for work one morning after staying at a friends house. I was racing home to get ready for work when a police officer pulled me over for speeding. I had to go to court. The day came when I had to stand before the judge and hear his ruling. I was sentenced to 20 days noon detention at school. I never had to appear before a judge again.
Judges elicit a sense of fear, don’t they? They never call you in for something you have done right. We think of them as someone who harshly tells us what we did wrong. And they seem to be everywhere these days on television. There’s Judge Brown and Hatchett. Mathis and Christina. And my favorite—Judge Judy.
Then there are some judges you may not know. They even have a book in the Bible with their name on it. Judges. These judges appeared on the scene to help sort out right and wrong. They also helped people get out of trouble.
God’s people kept putting themselves into a never ending cycle of disobedience, discipline, declaration of wrong, and deliverance. Judges like Deborah and Gideon and Samson helped them find their way back to God.
What did the people do that was so bad they needed judges? Two things. First, they failed to put God first in their lives (Judges 1:28). And secondly, they did not teach their children to know God (Judges 2:10). These two “sins” led to their downfall and ruin.
Are you making the same mistakes they made? If so, you have a judge that can help you––Jesus.
The good news is that when he “calls” you into his office after you have messed up, you will look up to see your judge’s face and see your savior there.
Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am as we continue our journey through The Story.