July 11 “When mistreated or falsely accused”

How do you respond when you’re falsely accused or mistreated? Do you respond with anger and bitterness, or with praise and humble trust?

Falsely accused

Today’s Readings:
2 Chronicles 17 & 18
Psalm 81.11-16
Proverbs 20.26-28
Acts 16.22-40

2 Chronicles 17 & 18:

Tell us what we want to hear

Ahab and Jehoshaphat are about to go out into battle, and Jehoshaphat suggests they seek God’s wisdom. Instead, Ahab calls in 400 of his own counselors. Finally, at Jehoshaphat’s insistence, he sends for the prophet of God. All the pagan prophets had prophesied victory, and Ahab’s servant tells the prophet of God:

“Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement” (18.12).

stop

Basically, just tell us what we want to hear!

How like the world today! “Don’t tell us our lifestyle is wrong! Don’t tell us we’re heading for disaster if we don’t repent! In fact, we want you to, not just accept our choices, we want you to embrace them and admit that they are just as right as yours!”

As Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun!

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