Today’s Scripture: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Psalm 37:7–8

What do you do when you didn’t do it? A man on a ship was caught with a violin which belonged to a famous musician. He was arrested and accused of stealing the instrument. Unable to prove his identity, the man began to play the violin. As beautiful music began to flow from the instrument, the man’s accusers were shocked. They realized he was, in fact, the famous violinist. All of his charges were cleared because he had proven his innocence.

No one likes to be falsely accused. It is an attack on our character caused by a misunderstanding of our words or actions. False accusations may bring disgrace and suspicion upon us. Sometimes they are based on wrong assumptions. Sometimes they are the result of incorrect or insufficient information. In every case, they hurt us.

What are we to do when we are falsely accused? The only thing we can do is stick it out and trust God to make it right. Remember how Jesus responded when He was falsely accused: He said nothing to His accusers but committed Himself to God (Matthew 26:59–63; 1 Peter 2:21–23). In the end, who was right? Jesus was, of course. His Resurrection proved His innocence and God’s acceptance of His sacrifice.

I have been falsely accused of many things over the course of my ministry. Believe me when I tell you it hurts. You will be the subject of false accusations sometimes. You might have to wait a lifetime before your name is cleared from the false charges. Even if your reputation is in shambles, your friends have believed the lies against you, and no one wants to stand with you, the Bible says the evidence will someday prove you right. When you didn’t do it, just commit your way to God and trust Him. He will bring your trial to pass.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder