It has happened to everyone. People betray and they have betrayed each other since sin entered our world.
I did a little digging and discovered the word betrayal can mean many any of the following:
- to be unfaithful.
- to be disloyal.
- to disappoint.
- to reveal something confidential.
- to deceive.
- to abandon.
- to fail to keep a promise.
It appears that we use the word to cover a broad spectrum of circumstances . . . some momentarily unpleasant and some with devastating life-changing consequences.
David was betrayed. He was the chosen but not yet king and He was running for his life from King Saul who believed that David’s growing popularity was a threat to his position.
At one point, David and his men turned to Ahimalech, a priest in the town of Nob. They were both tired and hungry, so Ahimalech helped them.
While they were there, they were seen by Doeg, one of Saul’s servants. And Doeg believed he could elevate his status and become a great warrior by reporting what he saw to Saul.
Saul believed that Ahimelech had betrayed the throne and proceeded to kill Ahimelech, his family, and all the priests of Nob. Although Saul believed he had been betrayed; however, the real betrayal was what Doeg did to God’s anointed.
David was understandably upset when he learned what had happened. But instead of getting revenge or seeking retribution he wrote Psalm 52 and gave the situation to God…
Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?Psalm 52:1
Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?
David chose to put his trust in God’s justice believing that God knows the truth and that justice flows from His heart.
David was familiar with the following words of Moses…
He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect.Deuteronomy 32:4
Everything He does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
how just and upright He is!
I don’t know about you but I think most people want to “do something” when they’ve been betrayed. And that desire leads many to either react defensively or aggressively.
When dealing with betrayal it can be hard to think about anything else . . . to give it to God and let Him take care of it but that’s exactly what His Word tells us to do.
I can tell you that we may never know when or how God will protect and defend us but when we fix our thoughts on what is true and surrender our circumstances to God’s justice, we can move forward and live one day at a time with peace and joy.
David ended Psalm 52 with these words…
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.Psalm 52:8b–9
I will praise You forever, O God,
for what You have done.
I will trust in Your good name
in the presence of Your faithful people.
As I read those words it made me think of something Paul wrote to the Philippians…
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8
We can trust His unfailing love and care.
A Prayer for God’s Help to Deal with Betrayal
Lord, this hurts and I’ll admit I feel angry and frustrated. I’ve been betrayed but You know that. You also know how betrayal feels. You experienced a terrible betrayal. It amazes me that You always knew the horrible suffering that was required to deliver us from the punishment we deserved and yet, You still surrendered Yourself in love. You knew that Judas would betray You and yet, You chose to have him walk with You throughout Your ministry.
Your Word tells me that I can bring my heavy burdens to You and You will help me carry them. (Matthew 11:28) So, I’m laying this down before You. I’m giving You my anger, frustration, and fear. Please give me everything I need to focus my thoughts on the things that are true and honorable and right. Help me think about all that is excellent and praiseworthy.
Help me to give myself completely to You in faith trusting Your care surrendered to Your unfailing love. Amen.
As I continued praying and thinking about how hard it is to let go of a betrayal by giving it to God, I felt the Spirit whisper, “It’s a faith issue.”
And I realized He was right. It takes faith to trust God to deal with those who have betrayed us. It takes confident dependence to look away and trust God to work for the good of His children.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.Romans 8:28
That’s a promise we can trust. I know because we’ve experienced a life-changing betrayal and later learned that God had protected us in ways we could not see at the time.
Although we may never know how He chooses to deal with the betrayer or work through the betrayal, faith is simply trusting that He will and letting Him carry our burden for us.
So, give your anger, frustration, and fear to God. Trust His unfailing love. Be confident that He is at work on your behalf. Praise Him for who He is and all He does. Trust His willingness to help your hurting heart and give you everything you need each day.
May God bless you and give you His perfect peace now and always.
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