Have you ever felt the sting of betrayal, where someone profited from your pain or sought to undermine you for personal gain? If so, welcome to the Club of the Called, a fellowship where individuals like Joseph and Jesus found themselves betrayed by those closest to them. In the biblical narrative, Joseph’s brother, Judah, schemed to profit from Joseph’s demise, echoing the role of Judas in the life of Jesus. The profound lesson we continually grapple with in life is the necessity to embrace our betrayers, recognizing that they often serve as catalysts for our upward movement.
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.Genesis 37:25-27
While the pain of betrayal may seem unbearable in the moment, the divine perspective reveals that God can use these betrayals to redirect our paths towards destinations we may have never ventured on our own. As humans, we tend to become complacent in spaces where God no longer needs us to exist. Betrayers, in this context, act as instruments of change, propelling us forward to fulfill our higher purpose. Biblical betrayal, therefore, refers to individuals who, driven by malice, lay strategies for our demise. Identifying your “Judah” or “Judas” today can be a transformative step, allowing you to release them and the associated emotions, understanding that this process is mobilizing your upward movement.
Embracing betrayers is not an endorsement of their actions but a recognition of their unwitting role in God’s grand plan for your life. As you release the weight of resentment and betrayal, you open yourself to the possibility of unexpected growth and new opportunities. Trust that, just as Joseph’s story didn’t end in the pit, and Jesus’ journey didn’t conclude on the cross, your trajectory is being guided by a divine hand that can turn betrayal into a stepping stone toward your destiny.