How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I


We all have experienced some type of betrayal. We know that acts of disloyalty and unfulfilling a trust is to betray some one. Obviously, the most noteworthy example of Jesus’ betrayal of Jesus; however, I submit the first instance of betrayal was in the garden. Adam and Eve had been trusted by God with all that He had provided for them. He was trusted to enjoy that which He had permitted them to and to not partake of that which He told them not to indulge. Even as I type each letter, God is expanding my thoughts on what I first believed He meant for me to write regarding How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I

The impetus for betrayal is selfishness i.e. idolatry. We cannot stop people from being selfish, so the old adage of ‘focus on what I can control’ is particularly true in the matter of being betrayed. Let’s get this straight. YOU WILL BE BETRAYED. As with most abuses, it is usually some one close to you that betrays you. By definition, you cannot be betrayed by some one whom you have not extended a trust. Since that is the case, the question is How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I

We will not get to the answer today, but we will start.

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

 

In this passage, God captures a small portion of David revealing How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I. In this account, David’s son Absalom is attempting to overthrow him as king. We see the beginning of it when Absalom’s sister, Tamar, is raped by one of his brothers by another mother. Hint: that is one of the causes. Who was selfish to bring about that? Listen, there are so many twists or facets to this story that I could not possibly know them all; however, what is important is to examine what we know.

What do we know? We know that we betray trust and that others betray our trust. How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I

David reveals How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I. In the text today, we see that David appeals to God. He prays. He contends with the popular belief that God would not deliver him by reminding himself of who God is:

  • shield
  • glory
  • lifter of his head
  • answerer of his prayers
  • sustainer
  • deliverer
  • blesser

I am not sure about you, but I am just encouraged remember who God is, who I am to God and His promises to me His child. I am not sure what you are facing today. I am not sure if you feel betrayed. If you do, David helps us to see How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I.

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