Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Let’s face it, betrayal happens. Sometimes its intentional. Sometimes its not. Regardless, nobody likes it when they are betrayed. However, how it happens can shed light on why. Perhaps you were passed up for a promotion, and the person who was promoted was less experienced and had less time on the job than you did. Maybe your supervisor kept promising you that you would be promoted to a particular position, yet you were never promoted, so you left. I can assure you that I have had that last one happen to me.
Honestly, betrayal is everywhere. William Shakespeare was well acquainted with and thoroughly employed the concept of betrayal in most of his works. My favorite of his works dealing with betrayal is ‘Othello’, who’s greatest tragedy is his own humanity. However, it should be noted that ‘Hamlet’ also deals with betrayal, a man murders his own brother and then takes his wife for his own.
The Bible is also replete with examples of betrayal. Jacob betrayed his brother, Esau, with a bowl of soup, stealing his birthright. Likewise, King David betrayed Uriah the Hittite and stole his wife. Yes, there are plenty of accounts of cheating and betrayal in the Bible. Indeed, Judas and Peter both betrayed Jesus, each with a different result. Judas’ betrayal cost him his life, while Peter was ultimately restored and is viewed by some as the foundation of the church, never mind what the Apostle Paul said on that matter. Yes, I am aware that Peter, technically speaking, denied knowing Jesus, but that is still considered a form of betrayal.
Normally I would be referencing a Bible verse with regards to these things. However, all of these Biblical references are common knowledge in the church. However, I will provide links below. However, there is another thing to consider, how to handle betrayal. Honestly, its very difficult and its quite possible to remain bitter for years to come.
To start with, God does keep an account of all that has and will happen. Nothing gets past him. He is not surprised by anything. Rather, he was prepared for your situation before he even formed the heavens and the Earth. Speaking via Moses, God said very plainly “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.” Such being the case, we have God’s own assurance that he will take care of it.
What does this mean? In simple terms, it means that God has full control and it is not for us to seek out revenge when we feel wronged. Yes, we are going to feel hurt. Yes, we are going to harbor harsh feelings and resentment. Indeed, we may even feel like we’ve been kicked to the curb and treated as being less than human. Don’t stress it. God is completely in control.
I am not saying that its wrong to feel hurt or mistreated when you’ve been betrayed. However, rather than seeking revenge, we should pray about it. Take it to God. He who sent his son to die upon the cross for your sins and my sins, he can handle this. Indeed, it is written ““if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Such being the case, doing good, even to those who have caused you hurt, is the best and Biblical course of action.
Eventually, we are all betrayed at one time or another. However, God will never betray us. He is there and we need only to turn to him. He will guide us through all of our trials, even when we feel betrayed. Yes, we may lose a position at work due to a lying supervisor or a junior employee with no experience being put in a position of authority. Yes, we will be betrayed. However, God will reward them for their betrayal according to his righteousness. However, we may need to ask God to forgive us for our own hardness of heart in these things. God has a plan for our lives and he will eventually shame those who betrayed us by elevating us to a position that we never expected. God is just, we can trust him.