Betrayal: How can spending time in God’s Word help us deal with the pain?
1 Chronicles 26 & 27
1 Chronicles 26 & 27:
When friends betray us
Chapter 27 ends with the list of David’s closest advisers. It says in verse 33, “Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion.” These two men were probably David’s two closest friends, people he trusted and confided in. But sadly, one of them would later betray him. David wrote about it in Psalm 55. Verses 12-14 recall the anguish he felt:
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
13 But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.
The psalmists experienced the same struggles and disappointments we do. Perhaps you have experienced some betrayal by a friend or even a spouse. Maybe you’re undergoing some other kind of hurt or rejection. If so, go to the psalms and find comfort from God’s Word, knowing that others have gone through similar things and come out the other side.
When God seems absent
Verse 61 says that God, “… delivered His strength into captivity, and His glory into the enemy’s hand.”
Sometimes God temporarily withholds His power and allows His glory to be obscured, but He is always working behind the scenes to fulfill His plans and purposes for His ultimate glory.
Drawing from the well of wise people
Verse 5, “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
God desires for us to walk in wisdom. Much can be gained from what we have been doing this year, reading the Scriptures carefully and thoughtfully with the help of the Holy Spirit. But God also gives us wisdom through gifted Holy Spirit controlled people. We should all spend time listening to good Bible teaching and from talking and asking questions of wise men and women.
But there is another way for us to gain valuable wisdom and insight from wise men and women: reading their books and blogs! It saddens me to hear godly men and women say, “I’m just not a reader.” We all NEED to be readers to some degree or another because God saw fit to record His Word in written form.
He has also gifted great men and women of the past, and today, to write books that allow us to sit at their feet and glean a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and the outworking of God’s power, love, and wisdom in their lives.
There are books that can deepen our personal quiet time like:
There are books on prayer like:
Stormie Omartian’s books on the power of prayer (The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Parent, The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, etc.)
The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life by Charles Spurgeon
The Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers
The Majesty of Prayer by John MacArthur
Books that can deepen our understanding of our fallen nature and the grace of God like:
There are great biographies and autobiographies that can impact your life in astounding ways:
One that greatly impacted me last year was Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas.
And a few years ago I read Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Diebler Rose. I still use it as an example when I talk to people about enduring hardship.
I’ll be sharing some other books in the days to come, but I’m also blessed by the abundance of good, biblically sound blog posts and ebooks being written by women and men today. It’s important with blogs and books to be discerning. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it biblical. Make sure what you’re reading lines up with your Bible! That’s another reason to be reading God’s Word in a purposeful way.
I’ll be highlighting some other blogsites with in the days to come, too, but you can start by checking out some of the ones I link up with regularly. They’re listed at the bottom of this post.
That all might be saved
God made it clear in this passage that He desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2.4). In fact, that has always been the heart of God. Even in the Old Testament, God’s salvation was not exclusive to the nation of Israel. Throughout we see, gentiles who came to know the One True God, such as Ruth and Rehab and many others.
God uses His children to reflect His glory. One illustration that comes to my mind is the story of Naaman (2 Kings 5.1-19), who met the prophet of God, was healed and saved, because of the life and testimony of a little Jewish servant girl.
What about you? Question to ponder or journal:
Are you like that little unnamed servant girl? Does your light shine out to a lost and dying world?
How do you respond when friends betray you? Do you take it to the Lord and seek His grace or do you become sinfully anger and bitter? Is there someone you need to forgive, something you need to get right between you and the Lord?
Do you spend time around wise people? Do you read good books, listen to good Bible teaching, and study His Word with other believers? Consider choosing one book and begin reading it, thoroughly and thoughtfully.
I sometimes LINKUP with these blogs:
Mondays Making Your Home Sing Mondays The Beauty in His Grip What Joy is Mine/Monday Musings A Proverbs 31 Wife
Tuesdays Rich Faith Rising Unite Linky Cornerstone Confessions Titus 2 Tuesday Teaching What is Good Time Warp Wife Solo Deo Gloria Sisterhood
Wednesdays A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Juana Mikels My Daily Walk in His Grace Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays A Little R & R Judith Whole Hearted Home So Much at Home Where Joy Is
Thursdays Serving Joyfully/Thriving Thursdays 3-D Lessons for Life/Thought Provoking Thursdays Jenni Mullinix/Thrive at Home Thursdays Becoming a Godly Wife Children Are a Blessing/Growing in Grace Linkup The Deliberate Mom/Shine Blog Hop I Choose Joy
Fridays Christian Mommy Blogger Fellowship Fridays Essential Thing Devotions Women of Worship Blessing Counters Womanhood with Purpose Heart Filled Fridays Missional Women Faith Filled Fridays
Saturdays Still Saturday The Weekend Brew
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