"But God knew what would happen, and His prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed." "For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate, the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, Your holy servant, whom you anointed. But everything they did was determined before hand according to Your will." Acts 2:23, Acts 4:27-28
Both a divine and appointed betrayal. The betrayal of a son, no less, predetermined by a loving Father. Can you even imagine it?
The thing we most guard against within the sacred walls of our family and friendships, God prearranged in order to offer salvation to all of mankind. A divine betrayal. Incredible.
So what about us?
Our spouse finds another lover. The diagnosis came back positive. Our kids rebel. The pink slip comes. The anniversary was forgotten. The bank account was emptied. The gossip came full circle.
In my fragile humanity, I have gazed upon my seasons of betrayal through a lens of hopelessness. The overwhelming feeling of having been forgotten by God. Abandoned. Left to wonder if He could really see my pain. Or more, would do anything about it. My heart crying out "My God My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Never considering that perhaps "everything they did was determined before hand according to Your will." Whoa. What if?
These words found in Acts...these.holy.words...reassure and remind me that nothing can touch my life outside the sovereign and kind will of my Heavenly Father. The same One who ordained the betrayal of His own Son to bring about salvation to the entire world will also use ours to bring about good. Romans 8:28 says "And we know that God works all things together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose for them." And He will do so with ours. Friend, we don't have to understand it all to entrust it to the One who can handle it all.
Trusting God with our lives does not equal a painless, betrayal free life. It means we can trust Him IN the pain and WITH the betrayal. Give it to Him today.
"I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope."