Unfortunately all of us have been betrayed at one time or another. It hurts, deeply. You might wonder how you can ever trust anyone again. You might even feel betrayed by God because of what happened. After all, didn’t Jesus promise to never leave or forsake you?
You are at a crossroads moment and need to decide whether to stay in your pain and hurt or whether you move on from here. The question is how? God’s word gives us tools for every situation in life, and here is one to help you move forward so you can restore your relationship with God and again be and do what He has for you to be and do.
To You, O lord, I lift my soul. O my God, I trust in You: let me not be ashamed; Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed : Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
No wonder God called David a man after His own heart! David knew that even when others he trusted let him down, God was always there for him. He knew that God would not necessarily change what happened but that he would be there for him during the hard time. Humanly, David felt afraid, and he asked God not to let him be “ashamed” or let down or disappointed.
Knowing how God thinks, David asked God to instead render His kind of justice: to let the betrayer be ashamed instead. Many times in the anger and hurt of betrayal, David asked God to administer that kind of justice: when faced with attempted assassination, David asked God to make widows of the wives of those responsible. David also realized something else that frees you from further pain: to release wrongdoers into God’s hands for justice in His timing. He knew what a fearful thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God.
I pray that you can release your desire for vengeance to God. Be assured He will avenge you according to His plan and purpose in the situation. Below are verses from Deuteronomy 32:35, Romans: 12:19, And Hebrews 10:30.
35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
Now, you can be free to move on with your life without that awful feeling of betrayal, bitterness and distrust ruling your life. Meditate on the things in Philippians 4:8.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Keep asking God to help you be free from these harmful thoughts and emotions so that you can both live the life He wants you to live and so that you can resume being and doing whatever it is that He has for you to be and do. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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