I’ve heard this statement and even said it to others before. What does it mean?
Most of the time it means that either we don’t agree or we don’t know all the facts about why someone has done something but we choose not to pass judgment.
There is a lot of truth in this statement because someone else’s relationship with God isn’t something we can truly judge if we don’t know all the facts. Too many times we are quick to judge and condemn others. We will judge on outward appearances or assumptions but we don’t see what’s inside the person or the hurts they have endured.
The Bible says to work out your own Salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). This means we all should take our relationship with God seriously. We all have our own battles and weaknesses to contend with. We all make our own choices and decisions in life. There are twists and turns that are different for everyone. Obviously none of us are perfect and we do make mistakes but we serve a God that isn’t waiting for us to do something wrong so he can hit us on the head. He will guide us with His wisdom if we let Him.
Yes, I have been guilty of judging people without knowing all of the details and have been totally wrong. I think we have all made this mistake.
There are things that only God knows about us. He’s very good at keeping our secrets and dealing with us in the ways that work best. I’m not saying God makes allowances for sin but He is a God that knows us better than anyone else.
People are quick to make assumptions of others until the same situation hits them. Funny isn’t it? I have know some Christians who were strictly against divorce until it happened to their son. Oops. He made a mistake or error in judgment then it’s swept under the rug. Well, I’m sorry to break this news to you but we are all human. We make decisions. We make right and wrong decisions. Life happens to use all.
God knows us. If we have a relationship with Him we have the best relationship we could have with anyone. So, yes, whoever we are is definitely between us and God. Not everyone will understand your journey. There is a quote that says “Don’t judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.”
Sometimes we find ourselves living frustrated lives and we aren’t living the life God had intended us to live. The courage to make some difficult changes won’t be understood by others. People who have the courage to change are people who can trust an unknown path to an all-knowing God.
Proverbs 3:6 urges us to acknowledge God in all our ways and He will direct our paths. To acknowledge God is to spend time with him. Sitting on a pew at church is not acknowledging God. You have to be a little more engaged than that. It is a daily experience that involves you and God. Yes, it is between you and God but there has to be a relationship between you and God.
It’s not up to us to judge people. We are supposed to love people even if we don’t understand or agree with what we see.