Always act in the fear of The LORD, with faithfulness and undivided heart.

Scripture:

These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. – 2 Chronicles 19:9

Observation:
Jehoshaphat decided to appoint judges over Judaea to assist him in ruling the nation. He appointed priests over the spiritual matters and made a member of his tribe the final authority in civil matters. When he addressed the judges he appointed, he told them they must decide all cases in a mindset of [fearing] The LORD, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. He wanted to ensure that all decisions made in his court were faith and honest and would be pleasing to The LORD. In this way, the judges would be found innocent regarding their decisions and the ensuing outcomes.

Application:
Although the text describes a situation where the authorities are those in a legal setting, the wisdom the king dispersed is valid to us in all areas of life. We are confronted with situations daily, which require us to make a decision. How we interpret the situation, weigh the options, and render a decision should be based on an attitude and approach of fearing The LORD as prescribed by the king. The LORD despises dishonesty in all its forms. He demands and expects us to live according to His methods and to respond in the same manner as He would.

Therefore, when we deal with others and ourselves, let us go to The LORD in prayer, if necessary, to seek His guidance in how to handle the situation. His answer will give us the best option. If it is something not requiring an answer from Jehovah, because He’s given us knowledge and wisdom to sort through things, then let us draw from His written example in how we handle things. When we treat others with impartiality, we fulfill the written Law. When we fulfill the Law, let it be out of our love for the Father not out of coercion or expectation of receiving anything in return. We deal with every situation fairly and honestly simply because we love our Heavenly Father with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves.

Prayer:
Father, gracious and righteous Creator of the universe, you are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor! You, who does not share His glory with another, may you be worshiped in spirit and in truth! Today, I come before You with a sacrifice of humility and gratitude. I do not deserve anything that You bestow upon me, but You love me anyway! I simply want to express the sincere gratitude of the revelation given this day regarding how I am to interact with all people in all situations. My decisions need to be and must be fair, honest, and based on Your love and wisdom, not earthly standards. When I apply Your principles and standards to my dealings, they should end in success and harmony. May Your Holy Spirit be my guide and mentor in continuing to learn how to deal with everyday matters. May Your love and justice be meted out according to Your standard. May Your will be done, not mine. These things I petition from You in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach! Amen.