11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Romans 8: 31-39
The Believer’s Triumph
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? 33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.[o] 37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, 39 height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Have you ever been betrayed or as some may say ”sold out” by someone close to you, someone you loved very much? There are three people in the Bible that come to my mind that were “sold out” by people who should have loved them and cared for them, but instead betrayed them.
Esau was sold out by his own mother, Rebekah who helped and plotted to steal away Isaac’s blessing so his brother (her favorite) child could have it. Joseph was sold out by his brothers because of their jealousy of their father’s great love for Joseph and because God had shown to Joseph He would one day use him mightily. Jesus, by his own disciple Judas, to be crucified for thirty pieces of silver.
Betrayal is a hurtful thing, but when it is done by those who are family or a close and dear friend, it is even a more bitter thing! As the Lord began to speak to me about this subject, I began to research what happened to Esau. He was the only one I could not remember to the full extent what happened to him after he was betrayed. His father told him he would have the “fatness of the land and the dew of heaven”. In other words, though he had no other blessing to give he would still be blessed richly and would have a good life that laid before him.
Esau was still so angry at what his brother had done he was going to find Jacob and kill him. When his mother heard the plan she warned Jacob and he ran for his life and had to serve in hard labor for someone for several years. Esau did become extremely rich and Jacob did as well over time. But, ironically, Jacob (whose name means “trickster”) was tricked by the man he worked for into marrying the sister of the woman he loved. He had to work a total of 14 years of hard labor to have the woman he loved dearly before she could become his wife. He had been tricked and betrayed by his father-in-law, just as he had tricked his father and his brother. What goes around does indeed come around!
Joseph was sold out (literally) by his brothers. They hated him so much they were going to kill him and then thought they could sell him and at least make a profit off of him. Is this where human slavery starts? I am not sure, but I do know that is exactly what they did! He was falsely imprisoned, but he rose to the top of the Kingdom in which he served as a slave and became second in command. As the years rolled on a horrible drought came to the land, but because of Joseph’s position he was able to feed his family and lived a life of richness and luxury himself, even more so than the ones who sold him out to be rid of him.
Next, we find Jesus. Jesus our Saviour, the Son of God, perfect in all of His ways, yet hated and despised by men! Judas, His treasurer, sold him out for a mere 30 pieces of silver. But, we all know how that ended up as well. At the end of the crucifixion, those who crucified and mocked Him said, “Surely this IS the Son of God!” Jesus was not defeated. He went into hell and retrieved the keys to death, hell and the grave and bore all of our sins, sicknesses and guilt. He bore all things that would steal our peace and gave us His authority and power to continue His work by the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and His enemies are His FOOTSTOOL!!
Each one of these who were so betrayed, went on to have full, rich, meaningful lives! What if they had become bitter and carried out sinful revenge? What if they had not let God exalt and raise them up? Their stories would have changed drastically and gone in a very wrong direction!
Maybe you have been betrayed and feel your life is over. Maybe it was by your spouse, a child, YOUR mother, like Esau experienced! Maybe you have not been the favorite of your parents. That is extremely painful and children, even when they are grown, deal with much rejection, shame, and anxiety due to it. They think there has to be something wrong with them if the one who was to love them the most pushed them aside for another! They never realize that it isn’t what was “wrong” with them, but what is wrong with that parent that did such a horrible deed!!
Whoever it is or was, don’t let them steal the blessings of God from you! God has a good plan for your life and if God be for you, and He is, who can be against you?? Nothing can separate you from the love of God that we have in Christ Jesus! Love only gives the best! God is your source not people. Look to Him and let Him bring restitution to your life.
Blessings in abundance, my precious reader! They belong to you anyway!! See you soon!