When I was a kid growing up in the Lane household the five of us kids could sit at any chair at the supper table we wanted to… any chair, that is, except for the chair at the head of the table. That was my Father’s chair. It was just understood. He was the head of the house, the law-maker and the bread-winner, so that honor (and responsibility) gave him the right to sit there… not anyone else.

When I came into God’s family I found a similar situation existed. He gives all of His children an opportunity to sit around His table and enjoy the supply and provision that He brings. We can sit at any chair around His table that we like… any chair, that is, except for “Father’s Chair.” That chair is reserved for Him alone.

It has been called “The Great White Throne” and also “The Judgment Seat.” God alone sits in that seat. He alone is qualified to sit there because He knows all and sees all. He alone is KING. He alone is JUDGE. That’s the reason He tells us, “Judge Not.” When we judge others we are sitting in His seat… and that’s the only seat “in the house” that is off-limits. Remember that the next time you are tempted to judge someone.

Here are some of the words to a little song I wrote when I was 19 called “Daddy’s Chair”:

He gives us a place at His table
And He gives us a mansion, too.
And He lets us walk on streets of gold
Down “Glory Avenue.”
And all that He has is ours to share
Just don’t go sitting in Daddy’s chair.

Revelation 20:11
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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