Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 12, 2010
“You are deserting to the Babylonians!” “It is not true!” Jeremiah said. “I am not deserting to the Babylonians.” But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.” Jeremiah 37:13c-14
False accusations are like daggers to the heart. They cut deeply and they hurt profoundly. False accusers have a variety of origins. They might be friends who are misinformed or confused over the nature of the circumstances. Their warning to you may even be wise counsel in general, but it does not apply to your situation. False accusers invite a defense.
However, the Lord and the facts will vindicate your position. In the meantime deal with false accusations with truth, grace and pure motives. Be careful not to falsely accuse your assailants and let others become your defenders. The banner of truth will be held high as those who know the details of the situation stand by your side. It may be many or it may only be a few. Regardless of the size of your support, stay focused on God.
“Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations” (Psalm 27:12).
Pray that your life, under fire, will be a blaze of blessing for many others who have suffered under the burden of injustice. It is imperative that you are consumed with Christ and not your false accusers. Feel empathy for them, yes. Pray for them, yes. Forgive them, yes. Fear them, no. Fear God only and forgive your false accusers.
Jesus walked this lonely road of false accusations. He forgave them because He knew they really didn’t know what they were doing. He gave them over to God and trusted Him with vindication in His timing. This road of injustice is not an easy one to travel, so travel with Jesus. Let him drive the process and trust Him with the results. “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a).
So much is out of your control, except your attitude. Be grateful for your ever-enduring advocate, Jesus, who stands by your side. He is your defense and your refuge as the rain of false accusations beat down on your life. Don’t give up on Him; He has not given up on you. He will see you through this very difficult time. Adversity with Jesus is much better than smooth sailing without Him. Your prayers and His peace will sustain you.
“At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den…” (Daniel 6:24a).
Am I consumed by Christ or my accusers? Do I trust God and have I forgiven them?
Related Readings: Psalm 38:20; Isaiah 12:2; Mark 11:25; Acts 26:2
Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God
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This could not have come at a more appropriate time as I was falsely accused just yesterday in a very wicked and scary way. God was with me. I reacted calmly and told my accuser the problem was not with me but with his attitude and I would pray for him. Perhaps, he was actually reaching out to me in some way and desperately needs Jesus and prayer. Thank you for the scripture confirming my reaction was correct. In Christ, Mary Cruz
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