Monday’s Moment

Many seek the ruler’s favor; but everyman’s judgment cometh from the Lord (Proverbs 29:26).

The apostle Paul asked: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). Do we desire to be approved of man or of God? It is nice to be at peace with man, but it is essential to be at peace with God.

Many seek to be politically correct, rather than biblical. With the understanding and realization that God is our ultimate judge, it is God whom we must seek to please. As children of God, our allegiance has been declared; as children of God, we have but one Father; as children of God, there is but one true King.

No, this does not make us anti-government; this does not make us anti-law; this does not make us, anti-establishment. Being children of God makes us the best citizens of whatever country we live. We are the best citizens, because we follow God who created government; we are the best citizens, because we follow God who commands us to obey the law of the land; we are the best citizens, because we do not fear man’s judgement, but God’s judgement.

It is never right to transgress the law of God, even if man says it is okay; it is never right to transgress the law of God, even if man’s law commands us to disobey God. It is always wrong to transgress law of God, even when man says it is okay; it is always wrong to transgress the law of God, even if man’s law commands us to disobey God.

At the threat of death, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were commanded by the king to worship a false god (Daniel 3). God had commanded that no other god was to be worshiped; God had commanded that no other god was to be bowed before; god had commanded that no images were to be made and worshiped – but the king commanded the Hebrews youths to worship the image; all others worshiped the image. The youths stood , not to be judged by King Nebuchadnezzar, but to be judged by God. 

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33). In this life, will you confess Jesus or deny Jesus? In this life will you seek the favor of the king or the favor of the King Jesus? On the great day of judgement, will Jesus confess your name or deny your name?