Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 32:1 through 33:26; Ezekiel 26:1-14
Is the fear of rejection something you occasionally battle or does this fear run your life and hold you back like a ship’s anchor?
No one is immune to this fear/phobia. We can be fearless in some areas, maybe most areas of our life and then have one area that we are petrified at the thought of being rejected, tossed aside or not included.
In Jeremiah 32, Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonians and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace. The Lord sent a message to the Israelites through Jeremiah:
I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it. The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods. Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord. “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it. Jeremiah 32:28-31
If you were a Jew living in that day, would you have felt rejected?
It’s one thing to be rejected by a stranger, friend, or family member, but to think you’ve been rejected by the God of the universe; that must be a pretty lonely feeling.
The Lord heard the talk on the streets and brought it up to Jeremiah:
“Have you noticed what people are saying?—‘The Lord chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!’ They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation. Jeremiah 33:24
To the Jews and the people of other heathen nations it probably looked like God was rejecting Israel—everything that could go wrong did. I’m sure the Jews kept saying, “But we are ‘God’s chosen people’; this shouldn’t be happening to us!”
Have you ever said that? Lord, this shouldn’t be happening, I’m Your child. I’m serving You! Have You forgotten about me? Have You rejected me?
Here’s what the Lord said to the Jews and to us (see Galatians 3:6-9):
I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky. I will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David, my servant, or change the plan that David’s descendants will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore them to their land and have mercy on them. Jeremiah 33:25-26
Friends, we live in a fallen world. Imperfect people will reject us, things will seem to work against us, but make no mistake
Your God Will Never Reject You!
He will restore you to wholeness–Just Trust Him!
The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. Joel 2:25
Heavenly Father, the fear of rejection is like an epidemic in the Christian world today. Help us to know that we can count on you to never fail us or abandon us (Hebrews 13:5). Holy Spirit, help us to walk in confidence knowing that the One, True, Living God will ALWAYS be for us , so who can be against us (Romans 8:31). Jesus, help us to do the work you’ve called us to do with boldness and confidence for Your Glory and Your Honor.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 26:15 through Ezekiel 28:26; 2 Kings 25:3-7; Jeremiah 52:6-11; Jeremiah 39:2-10