The sting of rejection can leave scars on your confidence.
If you’re anything like me, you over-analyze every detail of a rejection, scavenging for clues as to what you did wrong.
But rejection doesn’t always point to our mistakes. God uses rejection for many different purposes.
When Something Isn’t Right
As Christians we constantly seek after God’s will and diligently search for the path He has for us.
But what about the times when we’re rejected for something that we’ve prayerfully considered and hoped for? Where is God when the doors close to our dreams or the place that He has led us to so far?
God may use rejection as a way to lead you to a better outcome.
As I waited patiently for a student teaching placement this Fall (the last and final step in completing my teaching certification), I found myself facing a series of closed doors. What was I doing wrong? God would surely provide a placement for me, right?
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Slowly, with much prayer and time spent with God, my heart began to change. I began to see that God was calling me in a different direction during that time. I was faced with a choice. Forge ahead in a path that I’d planned out for myself or with turn to a new path that God was opening up for me.
In turning away from the sting of my rejection, I found an opportunity to pursue a dream that I’d never thought possible. If the doors I’d been trying to get through were opened for me this Fall, I would have never been able to pursue this new path.
Although we may be unable to see the better path at the time of our rejection, God will reward our trust in Him. We must always remember that He has something for us that we may not always see.
Will you follow God’s call in spite of the painful rejection of a closed door?
When Our Hearts Need a Makeover
Many times we are so caught up in what we want that we forget to truly pursue what God wants for us. God can use rejection to mold us into His image.
When we are rejected, we are faced with so many struggles. Insecurities spring up, anger and frustration blanket our hearts and confusion leads to questioning God. In the midst of these struggles, God calls us to trust in Him.
During times of rejection, you may be faced with pains of your past or unhealthy emotions and coping mechanisms that God wants you to overcome.
Rejection opens your eyes to things you may not otherwise see.
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During this time, it is important to give your heart fully to the Lord. Spend time with Him, praying and reading His word. As you stand against Satan and his lies, you will find freedom and healing.
God will show you what areas of your heart He is trying to make new. The pruning process is never easy, but what follows is a joy that surpasses the pain.
Don’t give up! Turn to God in these times!
When We Suffer Alongside Jesus
In Matthew 10:22, Jesus warns about being rejected for faith in Him.
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. -Matthew 10:22
How many of you have been mocked or made fun of because of where you place your trust? How many times has a word about your faith turned away a loved one or friend?
Rejection for faith in Christ is guaranteed. Whether a job interview goes south because of mention of Jesus, a family member leaves you feeling unwanted because of your confession of faith, or your friends or coworkers treat you differently for being a Christian, Jesus says that those who stand firm in faith will be rewarded.
Rejection hurts. That’s the bottom line. But, how great is it that we have a God that will use rejection to bring us to a better place? Turn your heart to God, even in times of rejection. Place your trust in Him, even when you can’t see the way. He will prove to be loving and faithful in these times.
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Think back to all the times God has proved Himself faithful to you before. If you are new to the faith and don’t have a lot of experience to draw on, read the Bible to see God prove His faithfulness over and over again. The rejection of Jesus led to the salvation of all mankind! Imagine what would have happened if Jesus gave up on God?
In all things, God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
Put your hope in the Lord and I guarantee you that He will meet you in this time.