Friday, August 22, 2008

a reliable judge

You probably have been watching some of the Beijing Olympics over the past few weeks.  It's an amazing spectacle with so much happening at the same time that it dwarfs a "three ring circus" for scope and color.  And what an amazing challenge for the home country to build all the state of the art facilities and to marshall the army of people for all the tasks that make this massive event run.  By most measures China has done a first class job and demonstrated how advanced they are industrially and technologically.  One thing that technology and modern techniques has not changed, however, is human nature.  I find it interesting that some of the sports require judges, rather than stopwatches, to determine the winners.  Since countries compete with each other they need judges from various countries to mitigate prejudice.  One of the lady's gymnastic events resulted in a tie for first place and a complicated system of tie-breakers was needed to settle the title.  As we compete in the Olympics of daily living, I am glad that there is a Judge who is without prejudice and can be trusted.  But, most amazingly, I'm glad that He will award the gold medal of victory to all who will come to Him, admit they are unable to win in their own strength, and place their trust in His Son.
Psalm 98:8-9 Let the rivers clap their hands;
         Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,
         For He is coming to judge the earth.
         With righteousness He shall judge the world,
         And the peoples with equity.
Rob Smith

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