I was texting with a friend of mine back east this week. I hadn’t had a chance to check in with her in a few weeks, and I could just sense something was wrong through some things on social media. So I checked in on her. I asked if everything was ok. She had recently started dating someone, and I just had the sense that something bad had happened to that relationship. And unfortunately I was correct. He had ended the relationship with my friend, and she felt betrayed. Her heart was broken, and she was still processing what was going on.
We didn’t have a lot of time to chat at the time, but the whole situation got me thinking about betrayal. I don’t know what it is, but there is just something in human nature that seems to make us betray one another. If you have never faced the betrayal of another human being, I would count you very fortunate. Even Jesus Himself was betrayed. And that betrayal came from one of His twelve closest companions over the last three years of His life.
My heart hurts for my friend. She deserves so much better than what happened. But the fact remains that we all face betrayals from time to time. That doesn’t make it any easier to process them when they happen though. Whether it’s a significant other turning their back on you, a friend spreading a rumor about something that you told them in confidence, a co-worker stabbing you in the back to get ahead, or whatever other betrayals you could imagine, being betrayed hurts.
Betraying others hurts as well. And whether we want to admit it or not, as much as we have faced betrayals from others, we have probably betrayed someone ourselves at some point. Whether we wanted to or not. That doesn’t make it right, but that is the reality of sin. It makes this world that we live in broken. And broken people treat each other horribly at times. That’s where God’s grace comes in. Through a relationship with Him, through the blood of Jesus, we can set aside that human nature, and strive to treat each other with love and respect.
God will never leave us or abandon us.
That doesn’t mean that we will never sin or mess up again. Of course we will, because we live in a broken world. But that is no longer our default setting if we have truly given our lives to Jesus in being a Christ follower. People are going to betray each other, and that hurts. Pretty much everyone of us knows that firsthand. But here is the best news of all. God will never leave us or abandon us. He will never betray us. The author of Hebrews puts it this way in Hebrews 13:5; “Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” He is quoting a passage from Deuteronomy 31, where God promised that He would never abandon His people.
Put your trust in God. Give your life to Him. Life will always be tough. We will mess up, and we will hurt one another. But we have a promise from God that He will never betray us!