Our great God knows how we feel when someone has betrayed us, and He inspired David to pen the words in Psalm 55:12-14. God is sorry for your loss. He is no stranger to betrayal Himself. How many times He trusted the children of Israel to be faithful to Him only to be faced with disloyalty and disobedience on their parts. God must have felt used because those He called His turned to Him in times of trouble, and they turned away when life got good again. Jesus was betrayed by Judas, one of a very few He was training to teach those He placed across their path what it means to be a believer who follows Christ and strives to do and be all that He has for him or her to do and be.
Judas betrayed Jesus out of a quest for personal gain, and the children of Israel betrayed God due to the desire to return to the way of life He had freed them from. What was their priority? On self and off God.
Encouraging Scripture: Psalm 55:12-14
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me: then I could bear it. Nor is it one who has magnified himself against me; then I could hide from him. But it was you, my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together and walked through the house of God in the throng.
Father God, You sent Jesus and Jesus sent God the Holy Spirit to minister to, comfort and encourage the hurting. I have been betrayed by someone I thought I could trust, and I am angry, hurt and afraid of relationships that could end up like this one. Please help me to break free from my thoughts and feelings so that I can move on to be and do all that You have for me to be and do. Thanks for being with me always. Special thanks to You, Jesus, who knows personally what betrayal is all about. Help me to share all that is in my heart with You, and help me to trust You with all that I am and all that I have. Thanks for Your promise that You will be here for me always and will never leave or forsake Me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you asked God to help you see why the betrayal? Were there any warning signs?
2. Have you asked God to help you forgive the one who hurt you so you won’t be poisoned by your anger?
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