LATJ: Betrayal

13 10 2009

imagesBetrayal can mean a number of things. None of them good. One definition is “to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling.” When you entrust someone with information or something of value and then they betray that trust it can be very hurtful. Another definition is “to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty.” That sounds a lot like what happened to Joseph when his brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery. Things looked bad for Joseph. It would be understandable if Joseph had become bitter about his situation. After all, he trusted his brothers and then they turned on him out of envy. However, Joseph showed us a different response. “But don’t be angry with yourselves that you did this to me, for God did it. He sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (Genesis 45:5) And “As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)

Joseph saw a purpose for the things that were happening to him, even in the face of betrayal. Don’t allow a betrayal in your life to bring about bitterness. Your mind should be like that of Joseph. As Jerry Bridges has said, “Joseph never lost sight of the fact that God was in control of all that happened to him.” Trust in God and His sovereignty. None of it is a surprise to Him.

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