Have you ever been stabbed in the back? Of course, I don’t mean literally. I mean when someone abuses your trust and friendship for personal gain. We call this “getting stabbed in the back.” And if it has happened to you, you know how difficult it is to rest easy with a “knife” in your back.
But apparently sleeping with an actual knife in your back isn’t nearly as difficult! According to recent news, a New Jersey man slept soundly for about 10 hours until he awoke complaining about a pain in his back. He called his brother and asked him to take a look. That is when his brother told him he had a 5” blade stuck in his back!
The wound had been the result of a struggle the man had that evening with someone on his front porch. His attacker had walked up asking for a cigarette, there was an argument and fight between the two, and then the attacker ran off. The man thought he had won the fight and decided not to chase his attacker into the night. He awoke the next morning to find quite a surprise!
If you have ever felt “stabbed in the back,” then you are in good company. Did you know that Jesus was stabbed in the back once too? It is true! No, it wasn’t a literal knife, but Jesus’ close companion, Judas Iscariot, stabbed Him in the back. He betrayed Jesus for a small bag of money – hardly worthy of putting a knife in the back of the Son of God.
Despite having been betrayed, Jesus loved and prayed for His enemies, and He taught His disciples to do so too. And when He had the opportunity to have retribution on Judas…He just let Him go off into the night. Do you “chase your attackers into the night,” or love and pray for them instead?
If we trust people, we might occasionally take a knife to the back, but we do well to remember that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19). When I follow Christ’s example, I sleep better…how about you?