Accusation Response

Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do?

Maybe your motives have been falsely judged because someone has seen something you did or said without understanding the bigger picture.

Although it’s tempting to jump in and begin defending yourself, you also want to avoid being too defensive or looking like your trying to play the victim card.

David found himself surrounded by friends who began attacking and accusing him. At this point he could have reacted in hurt and anger by wiping them off the face of the earth without barely lifting a finger. But David was different from the kings of other nations, as he refused to let his emotions rule over him, and chose instead to bring his pain to the greatest ruler of all:

‘With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer’ – Psalm 109:3-4

David’s answer was not to retaliate or to suppress the freedom his friends had to air their opinions about him. Instead, he ran to his safe place and into the arms of his loving Father:

‘Trust in him at all times… pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge’ – Psalm 62:8

David knew it was impossible do what God had called him to do if he remained enslaved to the endless opinions of people around him. So instead of forming his sense of worth from the titles and accolades people showered upon him in one moment and took away the next, he leaned into his true position as a precious child of God.

David didn’t always have the answers, but he ran to the One who did. And even if he didn’t find the answers he was looking for, David knew that what he really needed wasn’t a resolution to the problem but a revelation from a Person who loved him and had the power to do the impossible on his behalf.

Whatever accusation is coming against you, instead of allowing the heat of the moment to force a reaction, take control and run to God. Don’t let your response be one of retaliation or even withdrawal and isolation (which can be equally damaging), but let your response to the situation be, ‘but I am a man (or woman) of prayer’!

#evrlyf #dailydevotions #prayer #friends

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