by Becky Hill Martin
The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation…
Betrayal – it’s not just a gripping series on Netflix; it’s a real-life gut punch we all experience. It’s a boss who’s “so sorry” there’s no budget to promote you, but creates a job for her friend and asks you to train her. It’s a sister who sells a family heirloom she knows is rightfully yours, forcing you to buy it back from an antique dealer. It’s a group you loved that’s gradually phasing you out because they want to “go in a different direction.”
In Genesis 37, we witness Joseph’s rollercoaster of betrayal by his own brothers. Fast forward to Mark 14, and we see Judas, a member of the inner circle, selling out Jesus. Two stories of betrayal, but here’s the twist – they didn’t end in defeat. Both Joseph and Jesus triumphed.
Betrayal is a test, a challenge that God allows in our lives. In His wisdom, He uses it to protect us from unseen dangers. Think of it as God’s way of saying, “I’ve got this; trust me.”
Joseph’s story didn’t end in the pit his brothers threw him into. His journey led him from the pit to the palace, and Jesus’ betrayal paved the way for the redemption of humanity. Their stories teach us that it’s not the betrayal that defines us but how we respond.
God sees and hears things we can’t. He knows the bigger picture, and when betrayal strikes, it’s an opportunity to lean on Him. When we respond with grace, forgiveness, and trust in God, betrayal transforms into a stepping stone for greater victories.