TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, April 11, 2018:
To understand or interpret incorrectly; attach a wrong meaning to; unappreciated; misjudged.
When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate, when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.
I Peter 2:23.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It hurts to be misunderstood. When our motives are right and our actions are above reproach, we want to be accepted and appreciated and it hurts when our purpose is misunderstood and we are rejected.
Jesus understands our anguish and pain when we are misunderstood because He knows our heart. Christians, especially those who take a strong stand for the Lord, are under attack today. We are ridiculed and made fun of for our faith in Jesus and our Christian values. We can be sure Jesus understands what we feel when we are attacked for our faith because no one has been more misunderstood and mocked more than Jesus.
Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples but he had no understanding of the mission and purpose of Jesus being on this earth. Judas thought that Jesus would overthrow the Romans and set up a new government.
Even the religious leaders of that time misunderstood who Jesus was. They knew the scriptures and of all people they should have been the ones to understand that Jesus was their Messiah. But instead they saw Jesus as a threat to their positions and power because of His popularity. The Scribes and Pharisees could not accept that Jesus was the Son of God. They actually thought He was from Satan (Matthew 12:24).
The people who lived in Nazareth, the home town of Jesus, misunderstood who Jesus was also. Matthew 13:55-58 tells us that they saw Him only as the carpenter’s son and they took offense at Him. Even those who knew Him best misunderstood who He was.
King Herod also misunderstood Jesus. When he heard the reports about Jesus and His miraculous works, Herod thought Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead.
We read in I Peter 2:23 that Jesus was reviled, abused and maligned, with abusive and vile language because people did not understand who He was. How did Jesus react? It would be expected that Jesus would retaliate but Peter tells us that He did not. Instead He entrusted Himself to God, His Father. Jesus came into the world knowing He would suffer. He was willing to endure suffering with patience and assurance because He had submitted His own will to the will of His father. Jesus had perfect confidence in the sovereignty and righteousness of His Father.
To be misunderstood usually brings frustration and bitterness. The usual response is to withdraw, sulk, or immerse ourselves in self-pity. This is not the way the Lord would have us respond. Instead, we are to face suffering as Jesus did with patience and endurance having confidence that God is in control of our future.
When believers have suffered because of the misunderstanding of the truth of our faith we can be sure that God understands our pain. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work for good to them that love the Lord. The enemy, Satan, uses the attacks on our faith to turn us from our Lord. Jesus warned us that we will be reviled for our faith but we can entrust ourselves to Him because He is sovereign and one day those that entrust their life to Him will be saved.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 1:5.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Help me, dear Father, to allow You to use the hurtful misunderstandings in my life for good. Give me a spirit of forgiveness and a sensitive heart toward those who ridicule me for my faith in You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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