Entrusting Ourselves to God
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. – 1 Peter 2:23
This week, I have seen many lies spoken of myself by men admired by other men, and, being human, I took notice. Lies are never something to admire, but when they are about you, it’s hard not to be somewhat stunned by the reality of the depravity of men.
As Christians, we are ever in need of encouragement through difficult times, and I have not been let down. Even when friends, so called, are silent, suddenly scare and refuse to come to one’s defense, the ultimate refuge remains, the Word of God.
To be reminded that a man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother is no small thing, and for the friendship of the One who has promised to be with us always, I am eternally grateful.
I take this opportunity to remind you, as well as myself, to run to Him and His word of assurance when in such a state. Proverbs 18:24. There, I am comforted and there you shall be as well if you belong to Him.
Peter depicts the patience and endurance of Jesus and suggests that we follow Jesus’ example. However, the tendency to retaliate when we are insulted is always present. For instance, Paul reacted instantaneously to the command of the high priest Ananias, who ordered “those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth” (Act_23:2). Paul invoked the judgment of God: “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall” (v. 1Pe_2:3). By contrast, Jesus prayed for his enemies: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luk_23:34; and see Act_7:60).
In the last part of verse 1Pe_2:23 Peter states the reason for Jesus’ meekness. Writes Peter, “Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” That is, Jesus did not invoke God’s wrath upon his persecutors and demand retaliation. Jesus knew that his suffering was divinely ordained. He had to take upon himself the curse that was resting on the human race in consequence of man’s sin. Jesus was fully aware of God’s righteous judgment against sin (see 2Co_5:21). For this reason, Jesus entrusted himself and his cause to God, the righteous judge.