Friday, March 20, 2015
Rejection, in any way, shape, or form, is one of the most difficult things in life to handle. I suspect that all of you who are reading this blog today have been touched by it, directly or indirectly. In marriage, the spouse who is left for another, especially the woman, begins to ask herself such things as: “Where did I go wrong?” “What does she have that I don’t?” “Could it be that he thinks I’m not good or pretty enough for him anymore or that I can no longer fulfill his needs like someone else can? If there are children in the marriage, they begin to think that they are the reason for the breakup and these wounds in all those involved will often last for a lifetime.
Another feature of some who have been passed over for someone else is that they begin to think that they are the only ones who have ever received this type of blow, or that nobody knows or really understands what they are going through. Of course, they are wrong in thinking that way. 700 years before Christ came to Earth, the prophet Isaiah wrote that when He would come, He would be despised and rejected by mankind. Isaiah 53:3 says: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised , and we esteemed him not.” Another common situation involving the spurned is that they just cannot understand why this has happened to them, often telling themselves and others, “I don’t deserve this.” Well, If anyone didn’t deserve the rejection he received, it was Jesus. After all, He was perfect, sinless, and was, and is, the Son of God. Those who have been spurned have been basically told they are “not good enough”, whether they are a spouse, children, family member, teacher, or anybody else. The sad thing is that many of these begin to believe it themselves. It even happens to pastors. People tend to think it doesn’t happen to them or that rejection bothers them very little. They are wrong because pastors are like everyone else. They too have to really trust God to not take it personal when one of his members leaves his church to go to a “better one.”
If you are among those who have been passed over for someone better, take heart. Remember that they even did it to Jesus. Not only did He survive the blow, in time He saved all of mankind. As a child of God, not only will you survive, with God’s help you can turn that blow into your greatest strength and victory. And there is no better way to end your week than that.
Memory verse for the week: (Hebrews 10:25) “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- -and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Note: Sorry for the late post, we had some errands and commitments to attend to earlier today. Ready for a little challenge for the weekend? Here goes: There was a prophet of God who once needed to hear a musician’s (harpist/minstrel) song before he could prophecy before two kings. What was his name?