Some of the most renowned personalities in history were forced to live under the dark shadow of disgrace until their deaths. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is one example. Most women would have loved to be chosen as the mother of the Messiah, but few realize the complications this caused Mary.

When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, many thought she had been involved in an immoral relationship out of wedlock because she and Joseph were not yet married. Consequently, she was the object of gossip, ostracism, ridicule, and scorn for much of her life. At first, Joseph even considered privately divorcing Mary when he learned about her pregnancy.

Mary had been greatly misunderstood and misrepresented. When death finally released her from her burden, God exonerated her through the account of her story in the New Testament Scriptures. Today, Mary is one of the most highly respected women in the Bible. God cleared her name.

There will be times when you are unjustly accused of wrongdoing. Others may take sides against you as you seek to do God’s will. You will face ridicule by some of the people who were closest to you. Under these circumstances, Mary purposed to do what was right. If you choose to do the same, you may have to shoulder the same burden; but rest assured — in due time, God will clear your name.

Do you feel disgraced at your home, your workplace, or even your church through no fault of your own? Perhaps you have taken an unpopular stand for the right, and now you are facing ostracism. You may be doing exactly what God has called you to do when trouble arises. Continue in the right. God is keeping score, and He will clear your name.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.