Today’s Reading: Job 32-33 & Matthew 14:1-21
Righteous But Found Guilty
Bad things happen to good people. Have you ever been in a situation where you know you’ve made good decisions, but nothing around you reflects your efforts? This is an interesting dilemma. Today we have three examples of what happens to righteous people.
Example 1: Job is being tested by God. He has lost his family, his health is failing, and now he is being criticized by his friends. Can you imagine three of your friends coming to your home and spending countless hours trying to convince you to confess to sins you never committed? And although you explained to them that you didn’t do anything wrong; your friends become even more angry. How would this impact your faith?
Example 2: Herod heard about what Jesus was doing, and used this as an excuse to arrest John. Because John was viewed as a prophet, Herod had to find a valid reason to arrest John to avoid a riot. Herod was excited to incarcerate the man who said it was unlawful in God’s sight for him to marry the wife of his fallen brother. Have you ever been in a position when you knew that an individual disliked you and was always looking for an opportunity to assassinate your character? It’s even worse when they try to recruit others to assist them in the attack against you. How would this impact your faith?
Example 3: Finally, as I read these two accounts; I am reminded about Jesus who experienced similar accusations. He was tried and found guilty, although he never committed one crime. His character was questioned, he was whipped, spat on, and sentenced to death by hanging on the cross. While hanging on the cross, Jesus said a prayer that should impact our faith when facing these types of situations: “Lord, Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”. How does this impact your faith?
- Bad things happen to good people.
- Don’t let others discourage you, and don’t allow them to plant seeds that will cause you to question your faith.
- Remember that living for Christ comes with a cost, and sometimes death is the price. But God says in Matthew 5:11 (KJV) “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake”.
- Continue living a righteous life despite what you experience around you. Romans 6:5-6 (KJV) says: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.