Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Fear: Of Betrayal
My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me...
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.
But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.
Psalm 55:4-5, 12-14 (NKJV)
Betrayal is a heart breaker. I've experienced it every which way but up. I won't talk about family and friend betrayals, because I don't want to point fingers. I have plenty of faults, too.

Betrayal might not be among them, but was my behavior part of the precipitant problem? God knows. Steadily, He teaches me how to become more Christlike. Strangely enough, betrayal is an excellent teaching tool.

Over 36 years in the business-turned-ministry called AMTC, I endured a steady stream of close associates who left without notice, carrying trade secrets and clients with them. If imitation is a form of flattery, I've been flattered a lot.

Jesus was betrayed, and He did nothing to invite it. We could say insult was added to injury when His remaining disciples 'All forsook Him and fled' (Mark 14:50, NKJV). Or before when His family thought He was crazy. Or after when the crowd shouted, 'Crucify Him.'

If you've been betrayed:

1) Christ said it would happen. You're in good company.
2) Your betrayers weren't worthy or ready for you.
3) For now (or ever), you're better off without them.
4) You'll become more dependent on God, which is good.
5) God will never leave you, which is even better.
6) Betrayers may come to a place of repentance.
7) If not, God will send trustworthy people to you.
8) In any and every regard, always forgive.

## Fear: Of Betrayal (Part 14)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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