They'll Never Leave! (Psalms 41:9)

I have been blessed to have worked with some very outstanding individuals. In all instances, they were loyal employees who sacrificed a great deal for the companies for which they were employed. In nearly all instances, the president of each company felt they would always stay on. “Oh, they’ll never leave!” he would proudly exclaim.

And yet, I distinctly recall two very high profile employees, both in senior management, leaving our companies and going to our direct competitors, right after this statement was made about them. I never discussed the departures with the president, but I didn’t have to. The disappointment was evident in the president’s face and voice.

There was a feeling of betrayal. In both instances, the relationship went beyond an employer-employee, a friendship had developed. And now, salt was in the wound as this trusted friend had gone over to the competitor.

Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
Psalms 41:9

King David understood the pain of being betrayed by those whom he loved and trusted. Even his own son rebelled against him and usurped his kingdom.  David could have spent his life wallowing in self-pity or lashing out at those around him, projecting his anger and humiliation upon others. Instead, David turned to God and laid his pain and burden before Him.

As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And set me before Your face forever.
Psalms 41:12

It is not easy to recover from any relationship which is marred by betrayal. But God does not ask you to do it on your own efforts. He asks you to give it up to Him and allow Him to deal with the situation. He will uphold your integrity and give you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.