"He stood before the judge stiff as a board, scared beyond belief.
He was guilty and he knew it. Everyone else knew it too and the law knew it because he'd been convicted in a court of law. But today he was back in front of the judge for sentencing. The judge could render a sentence with prison time or simply parole.
The young man was frozen as he stood before the judge that could give him time behind bars or a more forgiving sentence of parole.
'Yes, your honor.' Yes, ma'am'
That's all that the young man could utter as he stood in the presence of a woman that could offer him forgiveness or harshness. This judge, this woman had immense power over him."
How would you act in front of a judge that could offer you forgiveness? Would you be cocky or humble? Would you act nonchalant about the whole affair or would you treat your appearance before the judge with utmost seriousness? Now, what would you do after you got a measure of forgiveness? Would you go from respectful to arrogant? Would you still be reverent in front of a person with the power to change your life?
"If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared." Psalm 130:3-4
There is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.
The one with the power to forgive must be powerful. The judge in the story above had within the law a great power over her fellow human being. Judges in our society have tremendous power, but they don't have absolute power. There are some things that they can't forgive, some sentences they cannot lessen. Our Judge has the power to forgive all, so He must be incredibly powerful, He must have an awesome amount of authority and a wide jurisdiction.
God's forgiveness cannot make us become too comfortable with Him. Quite the opposite, God's forgiveness should inspire fear, reverence, awe and deep thankfulness. So, approach the throne, or the bench if you will, with a holy fear today.