Are you misunderstood, criticized, misjudged, insulted, accused of false allegations? Let God be our defender.
No matter what you do there will always be people who despise you, spread baseless rumors against you, criticize you, insult you and misjudge you.
When we are attacked we attack back, when we are criticized, we want to criticize them back and when insulted we want to insult them back and when we are misunderstood the natural tendency of any human being is to get in there and defend ourselves.
Every time we are under attack, put down, criticized are misunderstood we have two choices. We defend ourselves or we trust in God to defend us. Let us refrain our self from defending ourselves and let us put our trust in God to defend us. Let God be our defender.
We are most like Christ when we say nothing in the face of attack, lies, and unfair criticism. We are most like Jesus when we remain silent and leave it in God’s hands.
God Our Defender
When Jesus was insulted, “he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge” (1 Peter 2:23 TEV).
Even Jesus did not fight back in the face of his unjust conviction and persecution. He trusted God to defend him when it mattered most and to have the ultimate justice.
In the Bible, King David was criticized and attacked probably his entire life. In fact most of his life people wanted to kill him because they were jealous of him.
David said this in Psalm 62:5-7: “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.”
A lot of people are going to be jealous because of our success, too. They’re going to want to attack us for many different reasons. But like David, we need to let God be our defender, our Savior, our protector, our victor, and our shelter.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
1 Peter 2:23
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: