My husband and I are feeling the sting of being wronged today.
You know the feeling. Someone accuses you of something you didn’t do, embarrasses and belittles you in front of your peers, and unfairly makes you feel like dirt and tarnishes your reputation. Nothing about the situation is fair or right, and you can’t do much of anything but take it.
Apologies (for the situation and misunderstanding, not for something you didn’t do) go unheard. Gossip is spread. Every attempt to be the bigger person fails. At the end of the day, it seems like you don’t have a chance.
But then I remember that David didn’t have a chance either. And it turned out OK for him. You know the story.
1 Samuel 17:48-50: “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”
When all are against us, God is with us. When the odds aren’t in our favor, God is always on our side. When we’re being judged and ridiculed, God is judging all according to His Word. When we’re being persecuted for things we haven’t done, we can turn to Jesus (after all, He has so been there).
Romans 8:31-33: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.”
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