We find a heartbreaking story in 2 Samuel 13, where a brother rapes his sister. Amnon, King David’s son, longed to be with his sister Tamar. The Bible says she was beautiful and that Amnon loved her so much that he was vexed and fell sick. In other words, he was “sick with love”. He then receives a scheme from his cousin Jonadab to get her alone. He was to pretend to be sick and when his father, King David, came to see about him, he was to request that he send Tamar to make him cakes and feed them to him. The plan commences and the Bible says when Amnon asked her to lie with him that Tamar refused and pleaded with him to not force her. However, because he was stronger than her, he held her down and raped her. Afterwards, it is said that Amnon hated her. His hatred was greater than his initial love for her. Tamar was a beautiful virgin daughter of King David that wore colorful garments that displayed this for all to see. Now her virginity had been stolen, and she was culturally unfit to marry a proper suitor. The last we hear of her is, “Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house” (2 Samuel 13:20). To be desolate literally means to be stunned, to grow numb, to be stupefied. Life stopped for Tamar as it does for countless women today who are victims of rape. To every Tamar that lives today, your life doesn’t have to end. You may have had your heart ripped out, and now, all that’s left is an empty space that once contained love and joy. God will fill your emptiness. Only He can fill it. Daughter, you are still fit to belong to a King. No matter what has been done to you at the hands of some selfish person, you are still beautiful and you deserve God’s love. Let God heal you, fill you, and restore to you all that you have lost. You can trust Him with your heart.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:5 (AMP)
I cry out for every woman in this world that has been the victim of rape. Oh Lord, heal their hearts. Fill their empty space. Help their life not to stop, but to push forward with your great strength and power. I pray you help them love again, trust again, and feel worthy of Your love. You love them more than anything, and You desire the best for them. They are not damaged goods. In your eyes, they are precious and beautiful. I pray you give them a heart that forgives and bless them to see themselves as you see them. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
A sincere thank you to our Daughters of the King Daily Devotional Writers.