Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Justice and Judgement – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verses 1-3
1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. 3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Justice and Judgement
We begin this chapter with a verse pointing out, that it is the Lord that moves the heart of kings. But, in the following verse we can see that he also ponders the heart of every man. And with verse three, he shares with us why he does these things.
The Father seeks out whether or not we harbor a heart that wills to do what’s right instead of doing what’s easy; a heart ready to hold his wisdom, understanding, and knowledge; a heart that is available for him to work with. As the verse says, a heart ready “to do justice and judgement.”
A good example that we’re all given, is the way he decided who the first two kings of Israel would be. Early in the first book of Samuel, the Father tells Samuel straight out, that it wasn’t the stature or outward appearance of a man that he cared about, but rather the heart.
The first king of Israel’s heart was for the Lord at the first, till he chose to do something against what the Lord had instructed him to do. His heart had become poisoned from there forward, and was never the same again, even partaking in necromancy before his death.
From the day that king Saul sinned against the Lord, a replacement had already found by the Father in a boy named David. As we all know, this is the man, who even the Lord found it necessary to have been recorded as being a man after his own heart.
I’m sure the majority of us know the story and the exploits of David, before and after he became king. He was every bit as imperfect as you and I, and throughout his life did some terrible things, which he paid dearly for. But despite his imperfections, his heart remained true to the Lord.
It is through line of king David that Christ was born, and it will be the throne of king David that Christ Jesus will rule from, when he comes after the time of Jacob’s trouble, otherwise known as the Great Tribulation, or the End of Days.
When we break it all down, and see all of the amazing things throughout history that have hinged off of king David, as well as the things yet to come, it was simply his heart for the Lord that gave him the qualifications to kill a warrior giant, become close to the king, eventually to become king, establish the plans and the resources for the first temple of God, and be the forefather of Christ Jesus.
All because of his heart to do justice and use good judgement, and his love and fear toward the Father. Should we harbor such things, any one of us is qualified to do anything that the Lord wills for us to do, despite outward appearances, or worldly “realities.”
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 22: King James Bible
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 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. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
Thank you for the entirety of your Word, and all of the life lessons that you’ve packed into every bit if it. Thank you for all things, and especially for your Son, Christ Jesus. If for any reason we lack good judgement, or lack the backbone to do justice, and stand for what is right in your eyes (not our own), please increase in our hearts, that which you find us deficient in. All so that we become better servants, and become all the more closer to you, and better equipped to perform your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
If honest with yourself, do you behave and conduct your lives through justice and judgement, that is of the Lord?