“..For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down” ( Revelation 12:10)
The Bible has inspiring cases of how to handle false accusations. The first case is of Joseph. One day while serving in the court of his Master Potiphar, his wife wanted to make love with him. Joseph couldn’t betray his own master. Then she laid a trap for him; she grabbed his coat once Joseph escaped her jaws, and took all “this evidence” to Potiphar. “Potiphar's wife kept Joseph's coat until her husband came home. Then she said, “That Hebrew slave of yours tried to rape me! But when I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house” ( Gen 39:12). Falesly accused, Joseph was thrown in jail.
The second case is of Jesus. In his case it was a man he had entrusted his ministry accounts to. Of course Jesus was always aware how Judas was dipping into these funds, to his selfish gain. But what happened next hurt. Not content with his loot, Judas, went over to the Pharisees who had since been waiting for that one pretext. “And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them ..” ( Luke 22:4-6).
How did Joseph and Jesus react to false accusers! God would miraculously deliver Joseph from jail by lifting him out to the position of Prime Minister, the second most important official in acient Egypt. “So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval” ( Gen 41: 43-44). Once falsely accused Joseph had been vindicated.
After being handed over to his merciless captors Jesus was put through a kangaroo court. “And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king” ( Luke 23:2).
But then what was Jesus attitude. “But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God” ( Mathew 26:23). Later hanged on the cross, “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” ( Luke 23:34).
In life one thing we cant control is betrayal and along with that false accusations. People can always come up with fiinger pointing accusations about us, no matter what. Futher, the enemy is never at rest, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”
( I Peter 5:8)
But God is telling us to be forgiving. He will vindicate us as he did with Joseph. Not easy but his word never fails. “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly” ( Deutronomy 32:35).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am falsely accused I surrender my pain to you the deliverer and pray you fill me with the spirit of forgiveness for all that do me wrong, and wait upon your vindication, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!