Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 4:12-8:22
Rejection. We all know what it feels like, but for some of us rejection defines us. It’s the common thread in the tapestry of our lives.
Our Heavenly Father understands:
Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”
Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.” –1 Samuel 8:4-8
Friends, do you hear the message?
Do you get it?
EVERYONE including the God of the universe gets rejected.
Your Heavenly Father understands your pain. He’s felt it. He still feels it. People are still rejecting Him.
Think about it, the cross is the perfect symbol of rejection.
Whether it’s rejection from a spouse, parent, family member, friend, employer, or church God shows in 1 Samuel 8:4-8 the way to deal with it.
Here are two New Testament scriptures that expand on God’s message to Samuel:
If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. –Matthew 10:14
But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace. –1 Corinthians 7:15
Friends, if someone doesn’t want you, let them go.
Open your heart, open your hands. Release them.
Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who are experiencing the pain of rejection. Comfort them Lord. Help them to release those who have rejected them. Remind them that you understand. Guide and direct them.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25