There is something very liberating about this verse. We are surrounded by people who are more than willing to dispense advice and to judge our actions, often harshly and unfairly. Jacob reassures us that, in the end, the only judgment that matters is the Lord’s. In this life, he sends prophets and other leaders who give us guidance, warnings, and encouragement. He “employs servants” to assist us as we navigate the strict and narrow path to eternal life. We appreciate their service on our behalf, and we are particularly grateful for them when we falter or temporarily step off the path. Their guidance and corrective feedback help us to prepare for the Final Judgment.
But we must remember that when that day comes, no one will stand between us and our God: not our critics, not our judges, not even our church leaders. The Holy One of Israel, who knows all things including the thoughts and intents of our heart, will stand at that gate alone and will open to us if we are sufficiently humble to knock.
Today, I will pray for the wisdom and strength to follow the narrow path which leads to that gate. I will seek diligently to make decisions that will be pleasing to God, recognizing that His opinion is the only one that will matter in the end.