The Pain of Betrayal
Continue to work in and with me, Lord, because I love You and desire to serve You fully.
2 Samuel 15:1-12
Consider: "O Lord, how my adversaries have increased" (Psa. 3:1, NASB, written by David when Absalom sought his life). Friends and family betrayed David. Instead of finding love in his relationships, he found deceit.
When Nathan told David that the sword would never depart from his house, all that remained was the heart-breaking fulfillment. God took David's children from him one at a time to fulfill this prophecy. Absalom, David's son, tried to take the kingdom from his father in ruthless and cunning ways, all of which involved discrediting David's kingship, even taking his concubine in a grotesque display of contempt.
Family members can hurt us worse than people we don't know. Absalom displayed his contempt for his father as he wrested the kingdom from David's hands one pretentious act at a time. Because kings traveled in entourages, Absalom rode in a chariot with fifty forerunners, signaling to the masses that he was replacing his father as king. Also, like a virtuous king, Absalom sat at the city gate, where people gathered, and judged the cases of the widow, the orphan, and the poor--society's weakest, most vulnerable, and least-protected members. If that wasn't enough, he feigned humility by kissing those who bowed before him.
David had been here before: Saul had repeatedly tried to kill David to keep David from taking his rightful place on Israel's throne. Now Absalom sought David's life so that he could seize the kingdom from his father. How disheartening this must have been for David! His own family should have been closest to him and most committed to him. But they betrayed him. We learn from this account that sin is costly. It often claims its price in those we love. This is the worst form of suffering, for others--maybe family members--suffer with us for our sin. We know betrayal. Spouses leave. Children rebel and disown us. Employers favor others. Pastors disappoint. But we have all of God's resources to move beyond betrayal.
Although it may be difficult to think about, give all of your betrayal hurts to God and ask him for strength.
Father, help me to move beyond betrayal and draw upon Your strength even when betrayal shuts me down and wounds my heart.
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