It is said in the Bible that “all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). But often times we question this. Why? Because we endure such a time of suffering and great pain that we begin to feel betrayed by God, then we build up a wall. We often forget that God is our God and He is in control. Isaiah 41:10 reminds us of this as it says:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you- yes, I help you- yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!”
What we need to realize is that we are not the only ones that experience this “Betrayal Barrier”. In Exodus, Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but when he requested that Pharaoh hand them over to him, he was rejected. This made the Israelites feel like Moses had betrayed them, not to mention what Moses felt about God betraying him! Moses had obeyed and did what he was called to do thinking that God was going to immediately allow Pharaoh to cooperate with him. However, Moses’ example will be the first to tell you: things don’t go the way you planned, but rather the way God plans.
Moses isn’t the only example in the Bible of the “Betrayal Barrier”. But there are others: John the Baptist, Stephen, James, 10 of the 12 disciples, and even Paul. While these individuals went through a time of suffering and pain, they still kept their faith in God, because He is the almighty, He was the only one that could truly lead them out of their time of suffering.
There are several things we need to realize in order to overcome and get through the betrayal barrier: We have to remember not to base our actions on our emotions because they are “unreliable, biased and whimsical”. Also, the mind, body, and spirit are all linked together; when one is down, it affects the rest. And thirdly, remember that God is always interested in our lives no matter how silent He is being.
The next time you are enduring great pain and suffering, remember that God is right there with you and He is going to make you stronger through it all. Are you enduring pain and suffering in your life? Do you need a light and encouragement to help you overcome this betrayal barrier? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, check out PAG’s Podcast for the full sermon on “The Betrayal Barrier” and learn four truths to help you get through!