- Sometimes in life you will be insulted… Trust the Lord.
- Sometimes in life you will be snubbed… Look to God.
- Sometimes you will be mistreated…. Remember, God is your defender.
- Sometimes you will suffer injustice…. Trust God to be your justice.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and through it millions of people were saved… He later said to his brothers ‘You meant it for harm, but God meant it for good!”
The three men in the fiery furnace were sentenced to burn to death because they refused to worship idols. But they said “God will rescue us… But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Then God sent His angel into the fire to rescue them and they were later promoted to higher positions.
Paul and Silas were in put in prison for preaching about Jesus. Yet at midnight, they sang praises to God. Then God sent an earthquake that broke open the doors of the prison. Through that divine intervention, the jailor and his whole family came to know Jesus.
Job suffered the loss of his children, possessions and health. Yet through it all, he kept his heart right with God. He said, ‘Though He slay me, yet will I hope in God’ God later restored and healed Job and doubled everything he had lost.
James, the brother of Jesus said, “When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”
When Jesus hung on the cross, some of his last words were: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Jesus now sits on the right hand of the throne of God.
God has not forgotten about you. God sees and knows your needs. Forgive those who have mistreated you. Trust God. He can bring good out of bad situations. He is able to do more than you could ask or think!
It’s how you approach life. You can get bitter, or you can say, “This is not going to defeat me; it’s going to promote me. It’s not going to hinder me; it’s going to help me.” God wouldn’t have allowed it unless He had a purpose. ~ Joel Osteen
Question: How you do usually deal with people who have treated you unfairly? Can you trust God even when you are insulted and betrayed?