The Truth About Rejection

“And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them’.” 1 Samuel 8:7 NKJV

Rejection always stinks.

Lord, please show me where I’m rejecting Your reign over me today. And here’s a simple poem . . .

It’s About You

The rejection feels personal
as we open up our hearts

and start to share the gospel
Jesus on the cross

but the truth is that You’re
the One being rejected here

so we pray for all to believe
to accept You and draw near.

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26 Comments

  1. It always amazes me that even God very God walking on the earth did not persuade at once, all to follow Him….
    we should never be disappointed but just believe that with Him all things are possible…in His time

    a very nice “simple poem”

  2. Oh Deb – How true!
    The fear of rejection is gone when we love in grace.
    The pain of rejection is His and He accepts it and keeps on loving, as should I.
    And, I pray, too, that I’ll see where I’m not only being rejected (that usually jumps out at me) but where I might be rejecting Him. Thank you, friend.
    Debbie

  3. What a thought-provoking reminder! A pastor once said we reject Him not just by our actions, but with inaction in our reluctance to obey.

    A great truth I needed to hear today – bless you for your wonderful words of wisdom!

  4. Thanks Deb
    “Lord, please show me where Iā€™m rejecting Your reign over me today”
    Deep prayer and poem, Deb. Thanks for passing this on.

    For some reason this made me think of Peter that fateful night… May my heart always be connected to Him and may I respond in truth, regardless of perceived consequences.

    Papa , my heart is yours. Rein in, over and through me.

    Blessings
    ann

  5. Deb I believe that in the days ahead we will see even more rejection as we share the message Jesus gave to us! But you are right it is not about us it is a rejection of Him. Those who reject Him are more to be pitied than feared I suppose. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. What a good point, faith-filled fisherlady, that not all followed Him when He walked here. Your faith is very inspiring and strengthens me! Thank you and God bless you as you stay ever hopeful in HIm!

  7. “Loving in grace” . . .that is a great way to not fear rejection or feel rejected. Thank you so much for sharing here!!!
    God bless you, dear Debbie, as you keep on loving today!

  8. “The rejection feels personal…

    It certainly does feel personal.

    But thank God, we can run into His throne room and ask for more grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.

  9. Amen, Debbie! As I keep hearing over and over again, “It isn’t about me.” He has warned me that since the world hates Him, it will hate me. Not might, but will.

  10. Deb, It is so human of us to fear and dislike rejection, but if the reason we are rejected is because of our faith in Him then it is important to remember that it is Him that is being rejected. Thank you for this great reminder and simple poem. šŸ™‚ I seems we just need to remember that if we are rejected because of Him we are doing something right because others are seeing Him in us. Peace, Linda

  11. Darlin’ Deb, When I think of rejection I think of the rejection letters I got from literary agents, in response to the query letter I sent describing my story as a memoir.
    I believe the rejections were not personal; rather, in most cases I believe the story was rejected because of my focus on how I became a Christian, amidst the wreckage of my life as an abused wife.
    I know in my heart that one day God will guide me to an agent/publisher who will honor the fact that God saved me from a wretched life.
    Praise be His Holy Name! Thank you for reminding me that those rejection letters are trivial compared to the acceptance and love I find in our Lord. Bless you, my friend, as you continually bless me.
    Love, Bee

  12. Thank you, planaquarium for that . . .that we can reject Him with our actions or inactions. He’s reminding me of some things I’ve stalled on right now. It seems the more we ask Him to reign, the more we find out that there is to do when He’s in control of the show. šŸ™‚
    God bless you and thank you so much for feeding me with those beautiful poems of yours.

  13. Thank you for those thoughts and prayers, Ann full of Jesus grace! šŸ™‚ Praying to let Him reign in, over, and through me now too! Yes, that night for Peter, when he was so sure he wouldn’t deny Jesus. It does make me think of that too!
    God bless you as you give Him reign over you today!

  14. Thank you , Pastor J, for the heads up about rejection. That only makes sense, doesn’t it, that it will get worse and worse? God bless you as you share Him anyway!

  15. It happened to me recently and yes, I was sure it was because of me. haha! That’s perfect advice, to run to His throne room . . .thanks, Larry! God bless you as you face rejection for Him today.

  16. Oohh, that’s right Ted . . .not might, but will. Why do I want to think I’ll be the exception? haha! Thanks so much for helping me to repeat that to myself before the next time.
    God bless you as you do what you do, because of Him.

  17. LInda . . .wow! That is a wonderful way to look at it. Thank you so much for sharing that. God bless you as others see Him in you today and it makes a difference in their lives.

  18. Beautiful Bee, so blessed for you to be here. šŸ™‚ And, I know those kind of rejections too. Not for anything as big as a story like yours though. That had to feel even more personal because it’s your salvation story. So thankful that you have that story and no one can take it from you! I’m praying with you, believing God has the right place for this book. God bless you for accepting Him right when you did and living for Him ever since!
    love and prayers!

  19. Debbie, God set me on a path to self-awareness that was painful but ultimately rewarding. I know plenty of folks who believe in God but are not in the Christian tradition… I believe if they are truly living out of love, accepting Christ is not a ‘condition’ of God’s love… but your poem is lovely, beautiful thoughts there. Blessings, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/skin-like-a-cloak/

  20. You always make me think, Amy, and that’s a good thing. šŸ™‚ I agree, God’s love is not conditional upon us accepting Jesus. “For God so loved the world . . .” leads me to believe that He does love whether we accept Jesus or not. Sorry if I made it sound otherwise! argh! This blog thing can be tricky! Thank you for lots of grace.
    God bless you as you write, sing and live as He leads you!

  21. Sometimes we feel reluctant to witness through fear of rejection or ridicule. When this happens we should consider that if we DON’T witness, we are doing the rejecting. We are rejecting the privilege of being used by the Master – and actually rejecting Him.

    There are also times when we feel ‘left out’ or rejected because of our relationship with God and our known stand for Him and His way. What a blessing this is! We know they are not rejecting us, but Christ in us, so we can praise God that He can be seen in us and He is using us as His vessels.

  22. Mentor Angela, I feel so encouraged and strengthened by your comment! Thank you! You help us see that the rejection we feel is of us, is yet another lie to discourage us from witnessing and letting Him be seen in us.
    God bless you, a vessel wonderfully full of Him and of good use to Him!

  23. And if it is indeed personal, may we find time to reflect if we are truly sharing Christ with our words and actions that it won’t make us doubt our own intentions šŸ™‚

  24. I feel this – thanks – Moskowitz

  25. That is a very wise and good point, sweet spoon! God bless you as you share Him in spirit and in truth today. Love you!

  26. God bless you, Buddah, as you feel rejection, but love anyway.


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