I often lived with rejection as a child, so I know the pain. It’s almost like the pain of death. So what did I do about it? I cried a lot, and tried to do things to cause others to accept me. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. Still the pain was always there.
Can you identify? Yes? So what can you do that you haven’t already tried? Let’s take a look at some examples in God’s Word. The Bible is the first place to find answers to any problem we have, so what does it say about rejection?
Our first example is Moses. He was given the awesome job of leading the Children of Israel from bondage to the Promised Land. But shortly before they were to enter, the whole nation rejected his commandments and he lost his patience and lashed out in anger. Because his anger dishonored God he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. So, we learn that anger is not the solution to rejection. If we lose our temper and lash out it always makes things just a little worse. You can read about the incident in Deuteronomy 32:48-52 and Numbers 20: 9-12.
Can you remember Joseph? His story is in Genesis chapters 37-50. Because of jealousy his brothers rejected him, sold him to some Ishmaelite traders and he landed in Egypt as a slave. But he kept his faith in God even in the midst of it all, and was eventually exalted to the second-in-command of the entire nation.
Most importantly, Jesus, God’s own Son, sent to be our Savior, was rejected by his own people, beaten, cursed, and finally crucified on the cross. Even His Father turned away. Why? So our Savior could understand how we fee when we are rejected. Not only does He feel your pain, He can make it go away. Matthew 27:46 says, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” And in Matthew 11:28-29 he says: Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
That’s exactly what I did as a child, and still do when I feel rejected. And you know what? It works!!
So Beloved, why don’t you try Him. –Rebecca Somoskey