Sep. 11, 2021
Who does not admit to at least feeling this way?
"Fear and trembling grip me, and horror has overwhelmed me. I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. How far away I would flee! In the wilderness I would remain..." Psalm 55:5-7.
The entire psalm makes for prayerful thought. Today in 2021 we fear an "unseen hand," although it has been revealed bit by bit for 20 years, and is now in our face. They want us to wear face coverings, while their faces are being unmasked for who the real players are. Not to mention who they report to. This has been in place much longer than 20 years.
But here the Psalmist speaks of a betrayer who had been close to him! (:12-14) "For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng."
Likely this foreshadows Judas. Specific Judas. Or Judas types in general. People with information and a price for it. Even if it's not monetary. For example the glory of being the small time snitch who wants to report his neighbor or even fellow church goers.
Times like this reveal who they are, and it is frequently very surprising. We should be aware that in this "revealing" or "apocalypse" through which we travel, may well bring to our awareness that those we know or even feel close to will emerge as betrayers.
What was it the Q movement said - "Where one goes, we go all"? (Not a follower of that, but I recall the byline.)
In a sense that is the very thing that happens to those who follow Christ. Where the Head goes, there goes the Body. To and through the cross. It can often include betrayal.
Not time to run. Time to stay the course.