A Spirit of Judgment
“And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.”
Every day judgments are made. Daily you have to make judgments about which task to do first, which way to go to work, whether or not you should take a call, and so many more judgments are made. Many times, these judgments that we make are not even thought about, but rather they are a reaction of previous judgments. All it takes to make your day go bad is to make a bad judgment call. With one bad judgment, your day can go from running smoothly to becoming a day of chaos. With one bad judgment, your life goes from being blessed to a tumultuous life.
God said that the day would come in Israel that those sitting in judgment will have a spirit of judgment. What is the spirit of judgment? It is the ability to be able to make the right decisions. It is the ability to discern between right and wrong. If this is so important; how do we have the proper spirit of judgment so that we make the right decisions continually?
First, proper judgment avoids worldly living. Right after God talked about the judges having the spirit of judgment, He described how their present-day judges had made bad judgments. You will never make right judgments when you are living in the world. Worldly living always destroys the ability to discern between right and wrong. If you want to have a spirit of judgment, you need to be sure that you live according to the parameters of God’s Word.
Second, the owner of proper judgment continually grows their knowledge of right. Verse 9 shows the importance of growing your knowledge so that you can better make right decisions. One of the purposes of studying God’s Word is to increase your knowledge so that you can better discern what life throws at you daily. A wise Christian will continually study God’s Word so that they can better understand the mind of God.
Third, proper judgment stays in its proper structure. Verse 10 talks about the proper structure of judgment. One way you can discern whether something is the right thing to do is to look at whether you are staying in the established structure for decisions. If someone is going around the structure of authority, you should let that be an alarm as to what is causing them to avoid the structure that was established to help everyone make the right decisions. There is safety in structure, and the proper decision will not destroy the structure, but it will strengthen and follow it.
Fourth, proper judgment uses fact and not feeling to make decisions. Verse 17 talks about using the proper measurement for decisions, which is nothing short of allowing facts to guide your decisions. You must never allow your feelings to influence your decisions. One of the hardest things you will do in life is to remove your feelings from decision making. Decisions must be based on facts if they are going to be just and proper decisions.
Finally, proper judgment is always based on the right foundation. According to verse 16, the right foundation is Jesus Christ. A right decision never disagrees with the Scriptures. When the Scriptures attest to your decisions, you can be assured that you are making the right decisions. Always remember that right decisions NEVER contradict God’s Word.