How to Reject Rejection

Author: Pastor Cheryl Wilson-Bridges
June 28, 2018

“For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake his inheritance.” Psalms 94:14 NIV

Rejection is a common feeling that we all encounter at some point in our lives. It is amazing that even Jesus Christ was subject to an incredible amount of rejection. In Matt 8:34, Jesus was thrown out of the city by an entire town. In Mark 6:3 and Luke 4:28-29, Jesus was not only rejected, but his own neighbors who grew up with him in Nazareth tried to kill him! At times, life was rough for our Savior. There are times when it seems like we experience the same type of mistreatment and rejection from others we know and love.

But Jesus never drowned in his sorrows or became bitter. On the contrary, in Matthew 8 we find in the next chapter that Jesus takes a boat to his own city to heal a man who was sick with palsy. In Mark 6, Jesus was teaching others; and finally in Luke 4 Jesus cast out many demons. Jesus took time to heal and help others when rejection came his way.

When rejection seems to crush our spirits we should follow the example of Jesus. We can be rejected but not live in rejection. The psalmist King David understood this mindset as well. In Psalms 22:1-21, David lamented to God that he was rejected by him, his followers and almost everyone. But in verses 22-31, David remembered to praise God. He finished his psalms in exultant praise and worship to God. Then God gave him the most comforting and anointed verses in Psalms 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” This passage has become a universal source of inspiration, ease and peace. 

Call the Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  Psalms 23:1

When I was a child, I called my mother often and repeatedly like most children do. No matter how busy the place would be, or how great a distance between us, my mother could recognize my voice and respond. Her response would always be, “Yes honey, what do you want?” Sometimes if my repetition was too persistent her words would remain the same, but her tone would change to a twinge of perplexity, anxiety or irritation. Nevertheless, once I called, my mother was always ready to fulfill my wants and needs.

Today we have numerous wants. We want to be liked, successful, comfortable, safe, accepted, secure and the list goes on and on. As Christians, want to be understood, trusted, appreciated, recognized, and purposeful. We want our time and talents to matter. We want our voices and instruments to be heard. But often our lives are too busy. There is a disconnect between our desire to offer praise and God who is the Object of our praise. We feel like the melody in our souls cannot be heard. Our passion for praise and the tone of our worship can be filled with perplexity, anxiety or spiritual irritation.

We have a Father who will answer even before we call (Isaiah 65:24). Jesus does not ask “What do you want?”  Instead He assures us, “We shall not want.”

When rejection becomes overwhelming, be like Christ, find someone else to cheer and comfort. Then like David, God will comfort you and turn your rejection into rejoicing and your problems into praise.

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