With the present idea of trial by law process before me, my thoughts ran around that ball of twine. As my devotions unfolded this week, the trial of Christ before Pilot was my reading, and then my son was called and subsequently chosen to be on jury duty this week. So, you can imagine why my mind would entertain such musings.
Many times, people run afoul of the law. During the confirmation hearing of Judge Gorsuch , also this week, mention was made by Senator Cruz of potential crimes, 300,000 if I remember correctly. He, Senator Cruz did state that it was a great possibility that most of us have run afoul of the law at one time or another (March 21,2017, 3:57 pm, approximately). This is a physical possibility for all of us; we have broken the law of our great nation. This is also a spiritual reality; we all have broken the law of God, a much greater authority than our nation or our Constitution.
The question is from my heart is this. How do you feel when you break God’s Law? Is it the same feeling as when you break our nation’s laws? I thought about this in my own heart. There is no doubt about it; the breaking of this land’s law if held to account in a court room before a judge is a fearful and highly emotional feeling. Our hearts in view of such a scene beats faster and faster; our minds race to the ultimate possible conclusion of guilty and its consequential punishment. With great deep human intense mental activity of fear and sorrow and extremely personal physical sensations, we face the unknown.
Yet, in the spiritual realm of God’s Law, remind you a much higher Law, we have very little reaction if any. We sin, the breaking of God’s Law, and go on about our daily routines as if no one knows or cares. We hide the infraction in our hearts and excuse our thoughts or actions without any fear or trepidation. Now why is that? Is it because we are not yet arrested, jailed, brought before the judge, seated in a courtroom, and hearing the charges brought against us? Is it the future accounting that we know is so far away that it is pushed out of our minds altogether? Is it possible that somehow Satan has tricked us into believing that we will never have to give any kind of eternal account of our breaking of God’s Law?
Here is the point and sobering thought, (I know we just love these kind of discussions.), we respond with intense emotion and physical sensation when called to account in the physical realm of breaking the law, but in the spiritual realm, we hardly bat an eye.
Have we not reversed the process? Isn’t the serious response to God’s Law more important than our responses to the physical law? How can we turn this thought process back to its rightful bearing?
We can have a more intense response to our breaking God’s Law by:
#1 Reading God’s Word in order to be aware of just what His laws are.
#2 Listening to God’s Holy Spirit as He convicts us lovingly and tenderly of our infractions.
#3 Listening to God’s Saints who are the salt of the earth and who openly discuss God’s laws.
#4 Listening to God’s servants, the pastor-shepherd who also lovingly and tenderly shares God’s laws in the public assembly of saints.
#5 Confessing freely and quickly any departures from God’s laws.
All the above should characterize the life of the believer who is sensitive about God’s truth.
Here are the two main laws or commandments from God via the Holy Bible.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
May we also remember “The Golden Rule.”
Mat 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Dear Lord, help us to be sensitive to your laws.