Have you ever been in a situation where you are accused and the evidence testifies against you but you are actually innocent? How do you get out of it? Who will hear you when everything stands tall against you? Who will speak for you? In a situation like this one becomes voicelesss not because they can’t speak but because they have lost the right to speak and if they do, they will not be heard. As Christians our only route is God. Unfortunately in these situations even God may seem silent and that doesn’t help matters on the ground. Amongst some of his most evil missions, the devil is known for being the accuser of the brethren. This can explain some of the wickedness people go through in relationships and cannot explain. The spirit of accusation will be at work to cause e.g conflict, pain, confusion, torment and bondage etc leading to relationship breakdown, scandal or even passion based crimes at any level or area of life.
A man called Job
I like the story of a man called Job in the bible. This guy had it all sorted for him. He was in such good books with God that the Almighty spoke for him. God himself testified of the goodness of Job and his intergrity (Job 1:8). One must think that with such a Man of God nothing could go wrong. I mean it will be difficult to imagine such a man in a mess or with no contacts in high places to get him out of any kind of situation.
However it so happened that one day God entered a conversation with Satan. It was a conversation that God himself started and he put this notable man of integrity on the spotlight, bragging about his untainted uprightness. Ofcourse Satan was provoked and spoke cunningly to provoke God into testing Job. It may not have been provocation though as God is above all and in all. It may actually have been his plan for Satan himself to dance into his divinely set plans. Satan is created by him so he knows everything. Anyways lets just say that Satan took the bait for his own shame but thought he had won. He is always doing that anyways, look at what he did with Jesus. I mean as the subtle snake he is, who would have thought he would kill Jesus who was supposed to die by divine rule? If he had wisdom, he would have stopped the death by all means because then now humanity has experienced salvation because of the blood. He was to be proven that nomatter what lengths he takes to put pressure on a soul to give up on God, a soul planted and rooted well in God like Job will not budge.
So the story goes that God obliged Satan and put down the so called hedge of protection within stipulated boundaries i.e on Gods terms. In his first attempt which wiped out Job’s wealth and his beloved children, Satan could see that he didn’t win and negotiated a further attempt with the owner of the person. In that next attempt, Job was struck with an incurable sickness. This Man of God never ceases to amaze me! He stayed oncourse. He relentlessly honoured and worshipped God in his many lamentations and exchanges with his friends. He refused to think anything else than God at the centre of his life and of it all. He never once prayed the enemy off as Christians of today do calling it spiritual warfare or waging wars with the enemy. He was not concerned with the enemy. His only concern and focus was God. That was Job, the man God spoke for.
Now his wife, his friends and all those people he used to help…the community, the society and everyone could not help. Friends in high places could not rescue, if anything they started judging and accusing him. His own wife started mocking him and asking him to curse God and die. Imagine that! His close friends could not help him. The least they could have done was speak for him, pray with him, exhort him amd encourage him but no. They depressed him all the more with their speeches of arrogance, quoting the word endlessly and inappropriately using it to accuse, judge and slay Job. They beat him down and tried to prove to him that if he was the Man of God that he said he was, God himself would not do such to him. They contended that these were the kind of things apportioned for the disobedient so Job was classified with the wicked. Who would speak for Job? Job was alone and voiceless in the midst of his companions. They spoke with one voice and he was on his own with another voice that no-one cared to hear. As it were, Job was accused and voiceless but he spoke to God.
This is the kind of situation i am talking about. Many people in this life have been accused falsely and had no-one to speak for them because all the evidence shouted against them. It could be anything from weakness, sickness, barrenness, failure, poverty, divorce etc. I have seen people judged harshly because of their ‘evil illness’ that has no answers in science or in this world -then people label someone as paying for their sins with sickness. Some people have done time in jail, some have lost their loved ones in relationships gone sour because of negative voices so loud and evidence so apparent. In some worst case scenarios people have fallen victim to crimes of passion e.g murder or even scandal or divorce because of false accusations. There is an evil that happens in life where one can do something with good intentions and it turns out badly with all the evidence against them. Just to drive the point home for example, in a divorce setup involving a peace order, a parent can approach the home of the other parent where the children are living just to see their children and while the children will welcome it and be happy, he/she may end up in jail for violating the law. There are times in life when one can even neglect to do what is needful for reasons based on inability or ignorance or unavailability. I mean it’s not always that people fail to meet expectation because they do not want. Sadly accusation will always arise in such cases and one may find themself voiceless unless the other party is willing to inquire or listen and believe. I have personally hurt a few loved ones when i did some things with absolutely no evil intention but i ended up judged, accused and nailed because of it. This is where as a christian you can be called all sorts of names from liar, fake, hypocrite to hater, cruel and even possessed or evil etc. Who do you tell? Man and women of God are always falsely accused everywere and noone seems to care because most times there is that evidence that is put together and it speaks louder. Even if the evidence is there and is not necessarily put there, what does one do?
Sometimes people are framed, sometimes too they are put under pressure to take and replace and before they know it they fail to replace. There are times when people agree and then unfortunately the agreement is not honoured not because someone doesn’t want to honour it but because things fail. Unfortunately the agreement will raise a higher voice and one can be jailed or lose something else more valuable. Some people have lost houses because of agreements and then ofcourse the spouses and children will never understand why a family home was put on an agreement. Well at the time of agreement everything may have seemed so easy and in right order until an unanticipated and never thought of failure happened on one end leading to a failure on another end. Who do you tell? Who will hear you? Who will speak for you?
Join me again in Part 2 as we look at some lessons from Job in concluding this series.