Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.
1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NLT)
Andrew Fowler had been maliciously and wrongly accused of improprieties by an envious fellow worker on the internet. In order not to further anger his accuser or embarrass her he confronted her off the record and in private. Rather than ameliorate the situation, it only became worse. Eventually, the matter came to court resulting in his accuser having to retract her statements and remove the information from the internet.
Though the information was removed, Andrew’s reputation was damaged beyond repair. Andrew throughout the entire affair was heard to say: “The entire painful experience I am turning over to God. God knows what actually occurred. God also knows I am innocent of her accusations. I am comforted by that fact.”
In time, Andrew and his accuser died. Andrew, following the court case, was unable to find work to earn a living. He resorted to living his life on the streets helping teens and young adults discover God. Many of the young people became successful in many phases of life. His influence touched persons in every American state and 37 foreign nations in positive ways. Andrew’s accuser was found to have falsely accused more than a dozen people, embezzled personal and government funds and eventually served time in prison dying within a year of her placement.
Andrew’s response to his difficulties is comforting and at the same time a stern warning to those who think they fool God. The apostle Paul in this letter to Timothy pointed out that nothing can be forever hidden. Whether a person is well-respected or lowly, past improprieties will be revealed in due time.
No one is able to hide anything from God. This is His promise. Those wrongly accused may take great comfort knowing that God does have a plan for such people. It is not up for us to condemn such people. Know and also take comfort that forgiving your accuser, your positive actions, and your comforting acts in the Lord’s Name may be rewarded on earth but most certainly be rewarded in heaven!
Prayer: For you who are wronged, be strong
Look to the Lord and you will be comforted on earth and rewarded in heaven
For neither evil nor good can remain hidden forever!