Whenever I read Luke’s account of Zacharias and his barren wife, Elizabeth, I’m always reminded of Jesus’ statement, “the sun rises on the evil and the good; and the rain falls on the just and the unjust” (Mat. 5). Zacharias and Elizabeth were both “righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years…” Zacharias and Elizabeth were among the just, nevertheless, just as Jesus had said, the rain had also fallen upon them. Earthly wisdom tends to immediately judges one’s unfavorable circumstances as a sign of God’s disapproval, but spiritual wisdom recognizes that this is not always the case. Unfavorable circumstances come to the just.
Wisdom for today says: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Righteous judgment is made through the righteous judgment of God’s word (Psa. 119:160). To make judgment beyond the word of God is to go to a place where wisdom does not dwell (Prov. 8:12).