March 10 - Being Right When You Have Been Wronged

By George Flattery

Devotional Scripture: Mark 14:65

Central Thought: God will always come through when you are mistreated.

    Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. In her book Quiet Strength she writes:

    When I sat down on the bus that day, I had no idea history was being made—I was only thinking of getting home. But I had made up my mind. After so many years of being a victim of the mistreatment my people suffered, not giving up my seat—and whatever I had to face afterwards—was not important. I did not feel any fear sitting there. I felt the Lord would give me the strength to endure whatever I had to face. It was time for someone to stand up—or in my case, sit down. So I refused to move.

    There is nothing more hurtful than being wronged, especially when you are walking in the right. Betrayal, criticism, and judgmentalism all cause the surface of the soul to break open in pain and suffering. It especially hurts when it comes from someone you love or someone you are serving.

    Moses experienced mistreatment from the children of Israel as they turned their backs on him and threatened to stone him for not taking them into the land of the promise. Jesus experienced mistreatment at the hands of the Sanhedrin and from one of His closest disciples who denied Him when He needed him most. If there were any two men in history who got 'raw deals,” it was these two.

    God wants you to rise above mistreatment. When you respond to those who have offended and hurt you—with hatred, unforgiveness, and thoughts of revenge—you are jumping into the bottomless pit of immaturity and spiritual decline. What is the solution? Turn your offender over to God. Let God handle it. Call upon God. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 53:5 that God scatters 'the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.”

    We vastly underestimate the power of God in our relationships. God is for you. God wants the best for you. God doesn't take great delight in seeing you suffer at the hands of others. Forgive as He has forgiven you. Lay it at His feet, and walk away. Doing this will make you right when you have been wronged, and you will never be the same.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, I give You all of my hurt and my anger from being mistreated by others. Help me to forgive and walk away rejoicing in Your love.

Today's Bible Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:16; Mark 14:53-72; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 11:4