When friends and family betray you

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In the lives of almost every person, there will be times of strife and conflict between parents and
children.

It can be frustrating and trying, but the Bible is a wonderful resource to help us see good and
bad ways to resolve problems and restore peace to our homes.

(Today’s devotion is from 2 Samuel 15)

Absalom and his father David had made peace…or so it seemed.

Absalom still held anger and resentment toward his father and
began plotting to take over the throne and make himself king.

He chose 50 men to run before him with horses and chariots
and stand at the gate of the city.

When people would come seeking advise from the king, Absalom
would speak kindly to them and undermine his father by saying…

Your problems are important, but there is no one deputized by the
king to judge your matter. If I were made judge of the land,
every man could bring his disputes to me and I would see
that he received justice.

When people would bow to honor him, he would kiss them.

Absalom followed this pattern toward all who came to him
and began to steal the hearts of the men of Israel away from
his father, David.

After 40 years Absalom said to the king, I pray, let me go
and pay my vow to the LORD in Hebron.

When I was at Geshur in Syria, I promised the LORD if
he would bring me back to Jerusalem I would serve him.

The king said, Go in peace.

Absalom left toward Hebron, but sent spies throughout
all the tribes of Israel saying, when you hear the sound
of the trumpet, you shall say…Absalom reigns in Hebron.

Absalom sent for Ahithophel, David’s counselor from the city,
while he offered sacrifices. The conspiracy grew stronger
and Absalom’s popularity increased greatly.

There came a messenger to David warning him to take his
servants and flee for their lives, because Absalom was
plotting to take over the kingdom.

David and his servants left the city, but left 10 of his
concubines to keep watch over the house.

David and his family passed over the brook Kidron
and sought refuge in the wilderness. They wept
bitterly and were greatly afraid.

The Levites were with David bearing the ark of the covenant
of God with them.

David instructed his servant Zadok the priest, carry back the ark to the city.
If I find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again,
and I will see both the ark and his habitation.

But if God says I have no delight in you, they let him do what
seems good to him.

David said to Zadok the priest, aren’t you a seer? I will remain
in the wilderness, until I hear from you.

Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem and
waited there.

David went up by the mount Olivet and wept as he went. His head
was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him wept
with their head covered.

David was told that his counselor Ahithophel was one of the
conspirators with Absalom. He prayed and asked God to
turn the counsel of Ahithophel to foolishness.

When David reached the top of the mount, he worshipped God.

A man named Hushai came to meet him. His coat was torn and
he had dirt on his head.

David said, if you stay with me you will be a burden to me.
Return to the city and pretend that you have joined forces
with Absalom.

Become a spy for me and whatever you hear in the palace,
report back to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. They will send
word and keep me informed about Absalom’s activities.

So Hushai, David’s friend went undercover to spy for the king.

It must have hurt David greatly for his son to turn against him.

He loved Absalom and refused to battle against his boy for
the throne. He wisely worshipped, prayed and trusted
God to protect him and his people.

Even though David made a lot of mistakes, God loved him
and sent him friends to help him in his season of trials
and pain.

Perhaps today you are suffering from abuse, and living in fear of
a family member or trusted friend who has turned against you.

Jesus warned us …
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Matthew 10:36

When it happens, we shouldn’t be surprised as though
some strange thing were occurring.

Jesus said, all who are his followers will suffer persecution.

When we pray for those who use or persecute us, and offer the
LORD our worship and praise, even when life doesn’t seem fair…
it releases supernatural power from our Father in heaven to come
to our aid and rescue us in our darkest hour.

Jesus understands our pain, because he was despised
and rejected by his friends and family. He loved us
so much he endured the penalty for all our sins when
he suffered and died on the cross at Calvary.

He says the sufferings of this world are to strengthen
and teach us to be mature Christians. If we suffer
with him, we will reign one day with him in
heaven.

Whatever you’re facing precious child, Jesus
will never leave you or forsake you.

He’s standing right beside you now, wanting to
take you in his loving arms and hold you
safely in his warm embrace.

Run beloved, to the shelter of his wings and let
him help you fight your battles.

If God is for you, no one can be against you.

You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you.

Reach out to him my child…
Reach out!

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in the:
yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these
calamities be overpast. Psalm 57:1

Merciful Father…

We lift up prayers to you in thankfulness for healing Marge of
her sickness. Bless her and her husband with safe travel
to Texas to visit their family.

We lift up prayers to you for a pastor who had a heart attack, Nathaniel,
Janet, Ed, Joanne, Gloria, Fritz, Robert, Judy, Jane’s daughter -in-law,
Al, Ruth, and all who are suffering from sickness, depression,
fear, or adversity. Heal their bodies and make them whole emotionally
and physically.

We lift up prayers to you for all who are victims of abuse.
You have commanded us to love and pray for our enemies.
We trust that by doing so, you will turn their hearts and help
the abusers to be set free from such evil behavior. Help us
to hate the sin, not the sinner and remember that hurting
people always hurt others. Sharing the message of the
Gospel and the power of Jesus are our weapons of
warfare to overcome evil with good, through the
power of the Holy Spirit. All power and authority
are in your hands to bring help and deliverance.

You have said, blessed is the nation whose God
is the LORD and the people you have chosen
for your inheritance. Help us to turn from our
sins and use our gifts and talents to win souls
for the kingdom. Then you will forgive and
heal our lands. We know you always
remember your promises.

In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Watch and pray…for you don’t know the hour when our LORD will come!

In Christian love,

Valerie Rousseau

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