“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.” Isaiah 53:3
Have you ever been rejected by anyone? I have, and it is not a nice feeling. Rejection can hurt your self esteem and shatter your confidence. If not careful the impact of rejection can have a very lasting effect on you. Jesus experienced rejection as well far greater than anyone else. He was denied by one of his own, he was sold out for money and he was beaten beyond recognition and mocked. He was humiliated on his way to calvary as he fell under the weight of the cross. But through it all he fulfilled his purpose and never gave in to the pressures of this world that would have altered his divine assignment on the earth. Imagine what would have happened if Jesus had resisted and fought back?
But not everyone can handle the shame of being rejected especially when it is done in front of others. One such man was David when he sent his ten servants to ask Nabal (who had great possessions) for food and drink for him and his men (during the time when he was being pursued by king Saul). But Nabal rejected David’s request saying, “….who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh (meat) that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?” (1 Samuel 25:10-11). David never took kindly to Nabal’s words which almost resulted in bloodshed had it not been for Nabal’s wife Abigail.
Maybe you have experienced rejection at some point in your life and it has knocked the very wind out of your sail. And maybe you have already planned to retaliate like David but there is no need to do that, because there is hope in Christ. He understands and he will give you the strength and the will power to keep on moving. We serve a high priest who sympathizes with us and who can relate to our pain and suffering (Heb. 4:15). He has overcome the world and so can you (John 16:33).
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Thank you, Lord that you have nailed rejection to the cross and has risen with power so that we can walk in victory in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time God bless you.
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