It was my senior year at Kerr High School in Houston, TX. I had finally made it all the way through, and I thought I was the bees-knees if you know what I mean.
I had the last part of the school day off due to being a senior, but still had to stick around for lunch. Another student and I decided to take a risk and skip school during our lunch hour to go off campus and eat. When we made it back, things were going as usual as I went to my last period before my off period.
Then it happened…Mr. Joseph, the hall monitor, came into my class and told me the principal wanted to see me. Our principal, Mrs. Hoover was known as the “Hooverizer.” And if you made it into her sights and got called to her office, things didn’t look good for you. (Looking back, I see that she wasn’t as bad as many thought…she was strict, but she was a fair and really good principal.)
As I was escorted down the hallway to her office, my stomach turned. I felt like I was going before a judge for a court marshall or something.
Judges elicit a sense of fear, don’t they? They never call you in for something you have done right. We think of them as someone who harshly tells us what we did wrong. And they seem to be everywhere these days on television. There’s Judge Brown and Hatchett. Mathis and Christina. And my favorite—Judge Judy.
Then there are some judges you may not know. They even have a book in the Bible with their name on it. Judges. These judges appeared on the scene to help sort out right and wrong. They also helped people get out of trouble.
God’s people kept putting themselves into a never-ending cycle of disobedience, discipline, declaration of wrong, and deliverance. Judges like Deborah and Gideon and Samson helped them find their way back to God.
What did the people do that was so bad they needed judges? Two things. First, they failed to put God first in their lives (Judges 1:28). And secondly, they did not teach their children to know God (Judges 2:10). These two “sins” led to their downfall and ruin.
Are you making the same mistakes they made? If so, you have a judge that can help you––Jesus. The good news is that when he “calls” you into his office after you’ve messed up, you will look up to see your judge’s face and see your savior there.