Living in a culture where accountability lacks justice today, and places innocent people in jeopardy of their character, integrity, faithfulness, loyalty, and their own judgment. Have you ever been accused of something that throws you off balance or catches you by surprise? I am sure you felt betrayed, or anger rose up within you.
You sat in a board meeting or management meeting at work where you may have been set up or framed for something you did not do. The man or woman who is accused of having an affair or fling because somebody is just so envious or out to get you. Getting into a fight to defend yourself ar school only to be blamed that you were the instigator. How do you vindicate yourself even when your innocent?
When a person is falsely accused or has their character assassinated it will come down to who do I really trust. A person of true faith knows where their trust relies in a personal relationship with God. Religion doesn’t cut it.
Several people in the Scriptures who were innocent were thrown in prison including Joseph, Paul, Jeremiah, and Peter, Jesus nailed to a cross, etc. Yet God allowed these circumstances for His purposes. He made a way of escape as those who intended it for evil, it backfired and turned for the good for them. Even Daniel was thrown into the lions den and we see what happens:
When the king came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Daniel 6:20, 22-24 NIV
The Lord is My Rock. My Fortress, My Deliverer, My God in whom I trust.
Like Daniel, Peter, Paul, Jeremiah, and Joseph what was intended for evil, God turned their situation for His good and glory even when God allowed them to go through their crisis. But God also vindicated them at the right time. Sometimes we just need to be silent like Jesus when Pilate confronted him, asking Jesus , “What is truth?”
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:3-4, 12
Have a great day my friend and be strong in whatever you face this coming week.