Matthew 26:50 NIV
Daily Bible Reading:
Romans 15-16, Matthew 16:13-28, Psalm 145:1-13, Proverbs 4:20-22
There’s no pain like betrayal. And none of us is exempt. The Psalmist lamented: “My best friend, the one I trusted… has turned against me” (Psalm 41:9 NLT).
The truth is, God allows certain people into our lives to facilitate His purposes – even ones like Judas, whom Jesus called “friend”, and said: “Do what you came for.” Before Jesus was betrayed He told the disciples, “I know whom I have chosen… that the Scripture may be fulfilled. ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me'” (John 13:18). He could have fulfilled His destiny without John the beloved disciple, or impetuous Peter who was always ready to defend him. But it was Judas’ kiss of betrayal that ushered Him into His destiny.
So you can’t always avoid getting hurt. But God can give you the grace to re-evaluate the situation and realise that the person you thought was your enemy may have been a friend in disguise. God will never permit His plans for us to be sabotaged by somebody else’s actions. When you’re under His shield of protection He’ll allow your Judas to go so far and no further. As a child of God His purposes govern how much damage others can do to you. Once you understand that, it lessens the fear that stems from getting involved again when you’ve been burned. The Psalmist said: “It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn Your decrees” (Psalm 119:71 NIV).
God loves to turn our negatives into positives. And while none of us enjoys suffering, it takes us to levels of understanding that, left to our own devices, we’d never reach.