People Will Judge, Let God Defend (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 248)
Psalm 62:5-6 (NLT)
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
There are always going to be people in your life that no matter what you do they will misunderstand you, hate you, and seek to tear you down. It can be a friend, co-worker, or even a family member who will criticize you at every opportunity. Even when you think there is nothing wrong and your motives and intentions are good, there will be people who will judge you, talk about you negatively, and attack you in vile and evil ways.
When you’re misunderstood, there is always the tendency to defend yourself. It’s human nature to respond with a counter attack if we’re attacked. When we’re pushed, we automatically respond with a push back. When we’re cursed and lied on, we want to return the unfortunate favor. When people insult us and talk about us behind our back, it’s a natural feeling to want to do the same.
Here is where choice comes in. You don’t have to respond with hate and counter criticism and revenge attacks. You can do this but it will only create a bigger problem. It only invites more criticism, more insults, and more attacks. Let God defend you. Put your hope in him because he promises to be a rock, to be your fortress, and to be your salvation. Trust God to back you up in the face of haters and critics.
Injustice and persecution exist in this world. It is nothing new because it existed ever since the time of Christ. Jesus faced misunderstanding, hate, and unfairness his entire life. But he didn’t respond to it with more of the same. In fact, he didn’t even answer it at all. He let it go, put it in God’s hands, and allowed love to flow from his life. Hope in God, let it all go, put it in God’s hands, and let him be your defender.
As believers, our number one goal should be to be more and more like Christ. We become more like Christ when we choose not to fight back in the face of criticism and when we say nothing to defend ourselves when lies, attacks, and unfairness at aimed in our direction. Don’t seek revenge or retaliation. Don’t aim to get even. Don’t respond with the same hateful behavior. Let God be your defender, your rock, and your fortress. Let him handle it and bring you peace and victory.
“Safety comes in our nearness to God, not in our distance from our enemies.”
— Dillon Burroughs