Today’s Scripture: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. Psalm 1:5

In Florida, a woman can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer. In Eureka, Illinois, a man with a mustache may not kiss a woman. In Wisconsin, it is against the law to serve apple pie without cheese on top. In Devon, Connecticut, walking backwards after sunset is not allowed. In Nicholas County, West Virginia, no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories in the pulpit.

These are laws that we laugh at, but God’s laws are very serious. God has given us laws. We have laws that we just innately know about. It is built in to us. We know for sure that if an injustice is done, that is wrong. If there are children playing, and one is not happy with the toy he has, he may grab the toy from the other child. The child who has been robbed of his toy knows immediately that wrong has been done and responds as such.

Not only do we just know, but we also have the laws of God in the Scriptures. We have the Ten Commandments, which are not a complete list of God’s laws, but the main laws of God. These are very important laws for humans, and if we break these laws, we will have consequences. These laws are serious, and the Bible says that if we have broken one law, it is as if we have broken all the laws. This is bad because all have sinned; we have all broken one or many of God’s laws.

You might argue that you have never killed anyone, but I would ask, have you hated anyone? God equates hatred with murder. God equates lust with adultery because you have committed the sin in your heart, and it is the same thing as committing the sin. We have all broken the laws of God. We have all failed.

There is a day of judgment coming and the righteous will be rewarded. We call that the bema seat, or judgment seat, of Christ. That is a judgment just for believers. It is not as much a place of judgment as it is a place of reward. We do not know exactly when that will be, but we believe it will be sometime soon after the Lord calls us home at the Rapture. Make sure you are ready for that judgment.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.