It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. – Psalm 55:12-13 (NLT)
Many of you know the sting of betrayal. The friend who cheated on you. The neighbor who lied about you. The spouse who was unfaithful, or who deserted you.
You feel like the Psalmist as you cry out, “Hey, if an enemy did that to me, it would be no big deal. But you were supposed to be my friend! How could you do that to me?” It hurts so badly you don’t know if you can recover.
You will need time to heal. That won’t happen overnight. Yet the time will come when the wounds won’t run so deep. The memories won’t be as fresh. The humiliation won’t last forever. But there is danger, too, especially if you wrap yourself in a protective shell in the hope that no one can ever hurt you again. But those barriers can also prevent anyone from getting close and offering you comfort and emotional support.
The pain, anger and betrayal you encounter in this world is a reason you need to talk to Me often. I won’t judge you, laugh at you, humiliate you, or second-guess you. In prayer you will find that I am always willing to listen and speak to you in My still, small voice. People will sometimes let you down, but I never will. I am always there with the unchanging character and love that will help you make it through life.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- These two passages show how Saul, the first king of Israel, turned his back on his successor, David. Has your boss or a supervisor ever “gone after” you? How did you deal with the betrayal and rejection? How did it affect your life?
- David went on from this situation to become king of Israel. How do you think you can move on from whatever betrayal you have experienced? How can My unchanging nature be of help?