Have you ever been falsely accused of something? It’s not a very fun feeling. I usually have two knee-jerk reactions:
Number two – my second reaction is usually pretty fleshly. I want to immediately and publicly correct any inconsistencies in their accusations. Especially if it is an accusation against someone I love.
However, I have decided over the years of just living life and also life in the ministry, that it is not my job to constantly walk around and defend my character or the character of my loved ones to other people.
Jesus reminds us in his Word that our character will speak for us but most importantly that HE will plead our cause. I recently stumbled across a verse that I’d previously read many times in my life, but that suddenly hit me harder than ever before.
“Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”
Wow. Just read that again very slowly. It’s just too good to pass over quickly.
HE will plead our cause. HE will fight our battles FOR us. Did we seriously think He needed our help?
It has been said, “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing“. However, I have concluded that if you do none of those things that you’ll still be criticized for doing nothing. Therefore, you really truly cannot win in the eyes of many people. Sometimes people are just downright ugly. Yet, we were put on this planet to glorify God and serve and love people. When people are hurtful, that makes us want to retreat and stay away from them. But this is exactly what Satan wants.
Remember Shimei in the Bible? This man verbally and quite literally threw stones at David. David’s men could have squished him with just one simple word from David. Yet David did not handle it that way. He reasoned that perhaps God was allowing this and he just kept walking. He simply ignored the naysayer and he put one foot in front of the other.
Life is too short to fight your own battles. Your character and testimony, but most importantly your Lord and your Savior can handle that.
Critics will be there every step of our journey through life; especially when a spiritual opportunity is present. They will faithfully throw their rocks and their insults. This is beyond our control. How will we respond? Will we get angry and pick up our own rocks to hurl? Will we flitter about defending ourselves? Will we worry and fret? No! We simply cannot waste our precious depleting time allowing the naysayers to deter us from the course that is set before us. Our job is to ignore the critics, put one foot in front of the other and renew our vigor to keep on keeping on for Christ.
Lord, we ask that you plead our cause and fight our battles FOR us so we can focus on serving you!
I Peter 3:16
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.