You will find yourself most vulnerable to the predatory influences of this world when you are abandoned by the most trusted people in your life. Namely your family and friends. You will know who your friends are when you fail or stumble before them. When King David fell and failed in his duty, he was abandoned by family and friends and felt the bitter sting of feeling alone and hopeless. David was thus, seduced to one of the most dangerous state of mind to be in... he sought to defend himself. The Sermon on the Mount in essence, demands that we follow Jesus void of seeking vengeance or justice for ourselves. And with that being said , we do have the right to defend ourselves. Something the Church of today has forgotten . When speaking of the Church, simply put as the body of Believers. Actually, when we seek vengeance for ourselves, we are reflecting a devotion to self. The state of abandonment is undoubtedly the most vulnerable and humiliating experiences that has no pain equal to it.
When we seek the exercise of vengeance, we will find ourselves in the bottomless pit of self-pity... always complaining and never content. Yet, worse... portraying a pretentious devotion while remaining reserved from doing the will of God with a willing heart.
The wise and noble act towards those who abandoned you in your darkest hour is to forgive them and yourself. God can and will use your failure to draw you to Himself. He will never turn His back on you. God is able and willing to preserve you while in your deepest humiliation before your detractors.
Knowing the fact that Jesus Christ is our Shepherd, will keep us from over-reacting to over-whelming pressure in a superficial way. The world's answer to pain, pressure and suffering is to look for someone to blame, develop a deep desire to escape, deny the problem, or fall into depression. These are not habits we can afford to live with. Outlandish odds will press against you.
This is your opportunity to grow in your awareness of God's presence and the reliability of His promises. Make no mistake about it, God makes no mistakes. He knows what he is doing to you. Jesus Is a gracious friend. Amen!
Rev William A Tyler Sr