Training for Reigning - 48 - You may have his judgment


NOW MY YOUNG friends, I hope you will forgive me for writing on a theme that will have a much wider field in view than your interests alone. For it is intended to be suggestive all the way from writing exam papers to the many kinds of daily problems not specifically dealt with in the Word, whether of young people, or of older folk. Nevertheless, the initial prompting for these lines came from a ‘teen-ager’s letter received some time ago. And there are also some present reasons. Hence I am hopeful that you will be sufficiently interested to keep on reading.
In Job 35:14 we read concerning the invisible God: ".
Judgment (the giving of decisions, or verdicts) is before Him; therefore trust thou in Him" . . . Isa. 26:8. And in that previous text, Psa. 25:9, we are promised, "the meek will He guide in judgment . . ."
Unfortunately most Christians think that this verse means that God will guide their judgment, just as they suppose that Jas. 1:5 is a promise to supply plenty of human wisdom to enable them to get by . . . forgetful that "the wisdom which is from above" (3:17) is Heavenly in character and content.
Oh no, Beloved! Rather is it that God’s decisions and His vastly superior wisdom are TO REPLACE our own sin-blighted judment and wisdom. See David’s prayer for Solomon (Psa. 72:1). If only we can get this truth firmly settled in our minds it will reveal to us blessed possibilities open, only, to the twice- born (Psa. 119:175).
Save as it is based on the Word, our judgment, at the best, always is faulty. Always there are too many factors which are hidden to our minds. Even when all details are known, we can do no more than estimate what the results will be from any action we may take. Hence not only are we prone to making mistakes in judgment, but our errors sometimes turn out to be major blunders. Thus it has been in my own story, at any rate.
This human weakness is recognized in the world of responsible business men, also. If it were not so, why does a large fraternal organization continue to ask in its ads., "Do You Laugh Your Greatest Powers Away?" followed by advice to join them and learn how to heed and harness our hunches? Books are being written (and hungrily devoured by some Christians) dealing with the sub-conscious mind, giving advice on how to use its experience-impression contents in solving our problems.
Now I do not write to challenge these teachings, simply because there is a basic element of truth in such metaphysical techniques. But having some knowledge of these matters, I do desire to "cry aloud" that for the child of the Living God there is "a more excellent way." "Judgment - infallible judgment - is before Him; therefore trust thou in Him." Unhappily, all too few of His people know how to avail themselves of this better
Without launching into a discussion on the sub-conscious mind (which I nearly did!) let me stress that Man never will discover any personality deeps for which God’s Word has not made allowance. In Psalm 119:11 the writer says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." In these simple terms he suggests all the essential features of mental storage, and recall, that any ordinary Christian ever can use to advantage. These are:
-He has a "heart". . . the core of his being.
-It is capable of the storage of impressions.
-He can store it with God’s Word . . . His "sayings."
-These can be recalled to guide and guard His daily life.
Now please do not dismiss these reflections as being commonplace. For if you have not learned how to gain the judgment of your God concerning your personal problems it is clear that you have not yet realized the very great importance of the storage space your mind possesses - apart altogether from a good memory, or a bad one. But when you remember that it is in the realm of the mind that the Holy Spirit operates, chiefly, you should see that there may be possibilities here which have been overlooked.
In order that the mind-storehouse may become fruitful in the solving of our problems, let me note four requirements.
1. A Christian has no greater need (Job 23:12) than that his mind should be "filled to the brim" with the living Word of His God. For only to the extent that it is so filled will the Holy Spirit be able to teach, or lead him as He would desire. Compare John 14:26, 16:13. Since He is sovereign, we dare not say He cannol use other means, if He should choose to do so. But I am inclined to think that if we had our sub-conscious minds sufficiently charged with Bible principles, teachings and promises it would be rare that He should use other means. But if He cannot lead us by His Word, may it not be because we "know" so little of it?
2. However, He surely will make use of any little we may have hidden in our hearts. Therefore the second factor will be to do as did Hezekiah -"spread before the Lord" the details of the problem; 2 Kings 19:14-19.
To do this, since our conscious minds are so faulty, I find it good to write down on paper an outline of the problem (including those of my correspondents). Only in this way am I able to get a clear picture before my mind of the matters for which I seek the judgment (decisions, or verdicts) of the Lord.
-At the top of your paper write the problem.
-Below this, outline the details of it.
-At the bottom, note any Scriptures that have come before you.
3. This done, go to your knees and tell it all out before the Lord in prayer. Banish, completely, any ideas you may have as to what His answer will bel Hezekiah’s answer came through a prophet. But we have the completed canon of Scripture, and the Holy Spirit to teach us all things, AND TO BRING TO OUR REMEMBRANCE His Word out of the storage of our hearts, or to call our attention to something as we shall be reading the Bible.
Sometimes the verdict of His Word comes to us while we quiet ourselves before the Lord. At others, we may have to wait a while - nothing in storage. Like Elijah’s servant, we may need to "go again seven times." But in recent years it has been rare that He has kept me tarrying for long. (cf. the principle: Hebrews 2:3).
4. Finally, "Whatsover He saith unto you, do it" John 2:5. Do not allow yourself to bring the counsel of His Word before the bar of your own judgment! But if you are in any doubt about it, you are warranted to seek from Himself the "two or three witnesses" from His Word (2 Cor. 13:lb).
And so, once more, I am urging you dear young people TO FILL YOUR MINDS WITH THE WORD so that the Holy Spirit will have material on which to work. The sheep are to follow their Shepherd by hearing His voice . . . through the application of His Word to them by the Holy Spirit. And surely to follow Him in everyday affairs for which there may be no specific directions in the Bible, is quite as necessary as for acts of obedience laid down therein. The leading of the Spirit cannot be supposed to by-pass this large area of our lives. But "the proof of the pudding is in the eating of it." If you really would rather have the judgment of the Lord than your own, then may I ask that before you drop these suggestions you give them a serious trial?
However, should you feel you must square His decisions, His verdicts, with your own "common sense," or if you expect to measure the benefits obtained by the world’s standards, there will be little use in your seeking His counsel. Isa. 55:8-9, and Rout 8:13-14, make it very clear that such a system won’t work.