Betrayal. We’ve all faced it at one time or another. It may have been a friend that turned their back on us or a spouse that walked out on their vows. No matter what the betrayal was it hurt. That’s what betrayal does, but that is not the only thing it does.
On Wednesday of the last week of Jesus’ life here on earth, we see a scene taking place that happens outside of Jesus’ presence. This scene is where Judas gets the payoff to hand Jesus over the religious leaders, so they can kill him. This is betrayal at it’s very worst. A friend gets paid to betray another friend. Here’s what happened…
“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:14-16 ESV)
Yet, this betrayal didn’t just hurt it also brought about God’s plan. That is the other side of betrayal. God is able to take our betrayals and use them for our good. Even though betrayal hurts it also can be used by God to bring about His plan and purposes for our lives.
You may be wondering – how can that be?
Here are a few of the good things God has brought from betrayals in my life…
1. He allowed me to be raises in a great church and hear the Gospel preached on a regular basis.
2. He called me into ministry and allowed me pursue my training and education debt free.
3. He made it possible for me to stay pure and meet my wife – who has put up with me for over 20 years.
4. He made it possible for me to plant a church and meet so many more folks that I would never have met.
5. He has shown his provision to me over and over when man meant to do me harm.
Everyone of these things and much more happened after a devastating betrayal. I am an eyewitness to the fact that God brings good things from betrayal. It doesn’t feel that way in the middle of the chaos and pain, but when you get out of the valley you can clearly see what God has done.
Are you facing betrayal right now? Has a friend, co-worker, boss or spouse hung you out to dry? I want you to know that this is not the end. God has a bigger and better plan that He is working out. This pain will only last for a little while. So, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep walking by faith. He will show you how He can take betrayal and bring about something so much better.