They aroused the Lord’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. In His anger against Israel, the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as He had sworn to them. They were in great distress. Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.
— Judges 2:12b – 16, NIV.
We are called to judge the world, wherever we are.
You see, judges are appointed by God (Judges 2:16, 18, NIV). And the work of the judges is to work with the hand of God (Judges 2:15, NIV) to guide the people from the wrongs they’re committing and to point them to God (Judges 2:17, NIV). On top of this, the work of the judges is to save the people out of their affliction (Judges 2:18, NIV).
And that’s exactly what we are called to do. God had made us rulers over all of creation and had placed everything under our feet (Psalms 8:6, NIV). We reign alongside Christ (2 Timothy 2:12, NIV) and we are called to judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2, NIV). And what’s more, our calling isn’t limited to the observable universe. We are called to judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3, NIV).
So, what are we doing? Are we struggling with trivial, insignificant, interpersonal struggles?
I myself am guilty of this. Father, forgive me.
Every time I fall back on the word of God, I’m thankful that the period of grace has not come to an end. Every time I fall back on the word of God, I realise just how filthy my life is before Him. But I praise God that we were washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11, NIV).
The Call to Judge in our respective fields
Given the limited constraints of life, we all know that it’s impossible to know everything that’s under the sun within our short lifetime (Ecclesiastes 8:17, NIV). That’s why God called us to different places; to minister to the needs of any given place. And in any given place God had called us into, we are called to understand God’s will in the specific field, learn the wrongs people may be committing, point them to God, and lead them out of their difficulties.
And truthfully, it’s gonna be tough. So tough, that everyone we loved and cared for is going to turn their backs against us (Judges 2:17, NIV). Just as how people had turned away from Christ (Matthew 13:57, NIV), so will they hate us (John 15:18-25, NIV).
That is why Paul emphasised that we are not taking our stand against flesh and blood. Rather, we are standing against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). We are standing against Satan himself…! And if we do not put on the Armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-20, NIV), we will fall and turn from Christ (1 John 2:19, NIV).
God, help us to stand firm in the Truth.