Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Showing Good Judgement – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 4
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Showing Good Judgement
Considering that we as Christians are sons and daughters of THE Judge of all creation as well as its Creator, we should be found showing good judgement in all matters pertaining to life. As we’ve discussed in the past, good judgement isn’t the same thing as judging.
Not our Job
Judging someone in a manner that has been reserved for the Lord is not our responsibility. Actually we’re told by the Lord to judge not, lest we be judged. Having the good sense to make life and spiritual choices that are just and wise according to the Lord, is a far cry from condemning someone when we feel the desire to do so. That is the difference between using judgement and leveling judgement.
Showing good judgement is a bit different than knowing the difference between right and wrong. Many people out there know what is right and wrong, yet choose to do wrong nonetheless. Where wrongdoing abounds, good judgement is wanting.
Bribes fuel Greed and Hinder Good Judgement
Above, we see a land overthrown by way of its king receiving gifts. This gives us a good idea of how powerful a bribe can be when a ruler is given to greed.
When stuff is given power by our own lusts as the case would be above, we are no longer using good judgement, but rather handing judgement over to someone else. Let’s scale it down a bit, to allow this to enter into our own lives. I’ll use this site as an example, as it is a large part of my life.
Good Ideas need no Bribe
As of right now, I am in charge of what goes on here on this page. I enter all of the information in, the writing, format, what have you. If someone has an idea for the site, I pray about it, and weigh whether or not it’s a good fit and proceed from there.
Say someone one day approached me with an idea that I rejected due to it being against the reason for this site or extremely unbiblical. Then they come back at me with a gift if I were to do it despite how I feel about it, and I take the gift and do what they want because what they’re offering is just what I wanted or needed.
This is allowing my worldly desires to trump showing good judgement, and concede control over to the one who is offering the gift. This is never a good thing in any circumstance and because of my willingness to ignore good judgement (and the Lord for that matter), the control of the site is overthrown in a similar fashion to the verse above.
If what someone wants is a good, solid idea for anything from a web page to governmental issues and everything in between, no gift or bribe is ever necessary. That is of course if the person of authority is just.
If a bribe is necessary look out, because only those who harbor intentions against yours will feel the need to use them. Using a bribe is deceitful, but receiving one is handing over the keys.
In every area of our lives, the Lord would rather us showing good judgement in the face of a bribe, rather than suffering the consequences of giving in to our desires.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Luke 12: King James Bible
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
John 5: King James Bible
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 7: King James Bible
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
James 5: King James Bible
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
Thank you for the example you’ve given us in your Word, and for ever warning you give us through it about the behavior of those who weave themselves into this world, rather than being separated from it. Give us the strength Lord to resist false gifts or bribes in ever way. Stir into our remembrance your Word against giving a bribe if an occasion presents itself, and stir up your warnings when approached with a bribe. Thank you for all that you are, and all that you’ve done. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed that showing good judgement becomes more difficult when it is at the most important time to show good judgement?