I do not fear the judgment of God.
Every day you get judged hundreds of times. You, your parents, your children, your friends, your family, your coworkers, your boss. People you have just met for the first time. People you have known for years. People are continually forming their opinion, updating their take, shaping their impressions, and evaluating their beliefs about you.
And only some of these conclusions are even close to right. Many of them are simply wrong.
There are errors, mistakes, flawed reasons, partial truths, lies, ignorance, blind spots, loss of trust, unmet expectations, impulsive reactions, angered responses, emotional blindness, irrational conclusions, incorrect beliefs, lack of context, misunderstandings, misconceptions, prejudice, preconceptions, loss of perspective, and more. In any situation, the judgments being made on all sides are a compilation of not just the objective facts of the instance, but also the more complex history, relationships, and interactions between the people involved and their emotions, insights, beliefs, and desires at that moment.
So, which would you rather be judged by — an imperfect judge with incomplete and imperfect information and complex motivations that are likely to alter the outcome? or a perfect judge with complete and perfect information whose simple motivation is that they love you — passionately, deeply, completely, unconditionally, irrevocably, from the very core of their being — whose only goal is to bring light to your life so that you can see better how to succeed, rise above, and achieve better results?
Obviously, the perfect judge. Right? I want to be judged and held accountable by the person who loves me, who wants me to succeed, who understands where I am coming from and where I can go, who has all the answers and can give me the insights I need to take my life to the next level and become the overcomer that I was designed to be.
I want my judge to be God.
Now, judgment sounds like a pretty scary thing. The perfect judgment of God is going to identify that you are not perfect. God knows everything. Nothing is hidden from God. From your deepest thoughts all the way out to your every word and action — God knows it all. So, you are going to be short of the mark. You are going to have the opportunity to grow. You are going to have mistakes, errors, even intentional sins that God is going to point out. You are going to have character flaws, obstacles, struggles, and challenges that are standing in your way. But what does God say when you stand ashamed, doubtful, and guilty in His presence? When God looks at you with all your history, your broken relationships, your failing health, your defeated life choices, and whatever else is weighing on your mind and holding you back today — when God judges you, what does He say?
“Do not be afraid.”
Numerous times throughout the Bible when the angel of God shows up, the people who see Him are afraid. They are afraid of His judgment. They are afraid that they are going to die because they are not worthy to live. They are afraid because they have not earned His favor, they do not deserve His good will, and they have not lived up to His vision for their lives. They know that they do not measure up. They are afraid that God is going to reject them, and so God says,
“Do not be afraid.”
God is a righteous judge who loves you. God doesn’t dismiss your problems, He gives you the ability to overcome them. God doesn’t ignore your flaws, He empowers you to grow beyond them. God doesn’t excuse your mistakes, He puts them behind you. God doesn’t erase your history, He shows you how you can stand on its foundation and leverage the good and the bad from your past to find new life and discover all of the blessings that He has in store for you. God is not afraid of what He knows about you. God loves you. There is no challenge to hard, no problem to big, no flaw to deep, no mistake to great for God. God is ready to take on everything that you are facing today and give you the abundant life that He has planned for you.
The key is to realize that God’s judgment isn’t against you. God’s judgment is for you. God’s judgment is the opportunity you need, the insight you need, the answers you need to receive the next level of blessing, success, fulfillment, and abundant prosperity that God is offering you today.
If you listen. If you receive. If you accept the judgment God is offering today — He will take you places that you have never even dreamed of.
God is not looking to judge you to crush you under the weight of everything that you already know about yourself. God is looking to replace your judgment with His judgment, because His perspective will actually lighten your load, clear your path, and open the way to better health, better relationships, better business, better success, and a greater abundance of every good thing that He is eager to provide for you every moment of every day.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What He was saying is this,
“Listen to what I’m telling you today and do not be afraid of the judgment I am sharing with you, because my judgment is what will give you the leverage you need to move what is weighing you down and discover the great life that I have in store for you. I am not against you. I am on your side. I am not judging you to hold you down, but to pick you up. I am offering you the keys to success, happiness, peace, joy, health, fulfillment, and success. Take them. You are going to like the outcomes you can achieve when you see life the way I do.”
God is offering His judgment to you today. Do not be afraid. God is for you. God loves you. God is ready to give you the abundant life that He has in store. Today is your day.
It’s like Jesus said,
“If you live in my word, then you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”