Ever been in a situation where people are trying to get you in trouble? Ever been in a situation where they tried to use lies? Ever been in a situation where people are making stuff up in order to make things look worst than they really were? Smart judges will see through it. God’s wisdom will reveal the truth. What if the people were so determined to get you into trouble that they wouldn’t stop? Will you keep and put your hope and trust in God?
Today’s reading speaks to just such an occasion…
Jesus before Pilate
(Matthew 27.1, 2, 11-14; Mark 15.1-5; John 18.28-38)
1The whole group rose up and took Jesus before Pilate, 2where they began to accuse him: “We caught this man misleading our people, telling them not to pay taxes to the Emperor and claiming that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “So you say,” answered Jesus. 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no reason to condemn this man.” 5But they insisted even more strongly, “With his teaching he is starting a riot among the people all through Judea. He began in Galilee and now has come here.”
Jesus before Herod
6When Pilate heard this, he asked, “Is this man a Galilean?” 7When he learned that Jesus was from the region ruled by Herod, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8Herod was very pleased when he saw Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been wanting to see him for a long time. He was hoping to see Jesus perform some miracle. 9So Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus made no answer. 10The chief priests and the teachers of the Law stepped forward and made strong accusations against Jesus. 11Herod and his soldiers made fun of Jesus and treated him with contempt; then they put a fine robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. 12On that very day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this they had been enemies.
–from Luke 23
We need to put our hope and trust in God! He never gets surprised and if we walk in alignment with His plans and purposes, we will finish the race strong and be all that He desires for us to be.
7If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one. 8But God finds fault with his people when he says, The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will draw up a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. They were not faithful to the covenant I made with them, and so I paid no attention to them. 10Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11None of them will have to teach their friends or tell their neighbors, ‘Know the Lord.’ For they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. 12I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.” 13By speaking of a new covenant, God has made the first one old; and anything that becomes old and worn out will soon disappear. –from Hebrews 8
When you aren’t sure where to go or what to do, turn to God and His Word for wisdom and direction. His Word will never return void. If we seek Him with all of our heart, mind, and strength, we will find Him. If we need wisdom, He tells us that if we need wisdom that we should ask Him for He will give it to us without finding fault.
Today’s reading continues into Proverbs with…
More of Solomon’s Proverbs
1Here are more of Solomon’s proverbs, copied by scribes at the court of King Hezekiah of Judah. 2We honor God for what he conceals; we honor kings for what they explain. 3You never know what a king is thinking; his thoughts are beyond us, like the heights of the sky or the depths of the ocean. 4Take the impurities out of silver and the artist can produce a thing of beauty. 5Keep evil advisers away from the king and his government will be known for its justice. 6When you stand before the king, don’t try to impress him and pretend to be important. 7It is better to be asked to take a higher position than to be told to give your place to someone more important. 8Don’t be too quick to go to court about something you have seen. If another witness later proves you wrong, what will you do then? 9If you and your neighbor have a difference of opinion, settle it between yourselves and do not reveal any secrets. 10Otherwise everyone will learn that you can’t keep a secret, and you will never live down the shame. 11An idea well-expressed is like a design of gold, set in silver. 12A warning given by an experienced person to someone willing to listen is more valuable than gold rings or jewelry made of the finest gold. 13A reliable messenger is refreshing to the one who sends him, like cold water in the heat of harvest time. 14People who promise things that they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain. — Proverbs 25