Betrayal

Read Psalm 55

Focus on verses 12-14

 

Conflict with other people is nearly always uncomfortable, and often downright painful. One should expect to be attacked or taunted by those who are identified as enemies and though this can be painful, it is at least predictable. What is more difficult to bear is when the attack comes from the inside – from one who was considered a trusted companion. This kind of conflict is infinitely more difficult to deal with. It causes emotional confusion because we do not expect friends to attack us. It often results in greater damage because our shield is down, and our armor is not in place when the attack occurs. By the time we realize we are being attacked it may be too late to fend off the blow.

David apparently knew what it was like to be betrayed by false friends. He describes the feelings and pain of betrayal when one who he thought was a familiar friend turns on him. Jesus Christ also knew the sting of betrayal when Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden of Gethsemane and identified Jesus to them by greeting Him with a kiss. I suspect the fact that Jesus knew it was coming did little to ease the pain of the betrayal.

I suspect there are few reading this blog who have not at some point experienced at least some degree of betrayal. In fact, it may well be unrealistic to expect to go through a lifetime without having to learn this lesson about humanity. If we were to be brutally honest, we might all have to admit that we have at times also been that person that has betrayed a friend. There is One who we can be certain will never betray us. That One is the Lord Himself. He is, in fact, the One who can best understand what it feels like when we have been betrayed. Perhaps that is why David writes, “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you”. David knew what to do with his feelings when he had been betrayed. Perhaps we would do well to do the same rather than to become bitter or attempt to retaliate?

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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2 Responses to Betrayal

  1. dishatto says:

    This is a really great post. Thank you for writing on this subject. It is the hardest lesson to learn in life because it is one of those things that blindsides you and often changes the trajectory of one’s life. It is especially painful in the ‘Peter’ types- I don’t think he honestly believed he was capable of betraying Jesus until AFTER he did so and then after 3 times of doing so it hit him in the gut. It is common I think for best friends or beloved partners to be that naive. It is something you have to live with the rest of your life and it is tough. I’d love to hear a post tackling this side of betrayal. It is painful for all parties involved when it comes from a trusted friend who sincerely had no idea what they were capable of.

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    • musikman51 says:

      I appreciate the suggestion…I will consider writing something on that at some point. I remember feeling exactly that many years ago when I unintentionally was disloyal to the senior pastor I was working under. He didn’t tell me until several weeks later when my annual review came up and I was mortified because I had no idea that I had betrayed him at the time. I was very apologetic of course, and he graciously forgave me, but confessed that he had had been so angry he could hardly speak to me for three days after the event. I’m sure it was a painful experience for him, but it was also a painful and humbling experience for me when I became aware of what I had done.
      Thank you again for you insightful comments, and your continued encouragement.

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