Monday, October 31, 2016

The Wise Response to Slander

Princes sat and spoke against me,
but your servant meditated in your statutes.
Psalm 119:23

One of the great tests of faith comes when you are slandered.  You want to be there; you want to have a fair hearing; you want to reason together with the slanderer in the presence of an honest judge.  But slanderers do their work in the shades, away from open, honest dialog.  They put on a bold face, but they are cowards when it comes to openly facing those who know the truth.
When slander happens – and it happens to every godly soul – faith responds by focusing on the wonderful things of God.  What a relief God’s sweet thoughts are in times of trouble and sadness!
The dogs will bark, but what is that noise compared to the gentle voice of our Shepherd?  And Jesus keeps in perfect peace all those who have learned to keep their minds on him.