Rejection is hard. Everyone has experienced it at one time or another. When someone rejects you, it feels like a dagger piercing into your gut. It’s painful and unbearable. You feel unimportant, unvalued, unaccepted and unloved.
But, for those who have experienced rejection, you’re in good company. Even the most significant biblical figures experienced rejection. Moses was rejected by his people, Esther was rejected by the king, and David was rejected by his own father, Jesse.
And the list goes on and on. All these people experienced rejection, felt unwanted and unvalued. They felt alone and lost in their rejection.
But, through their rejection, through their hurt, and frustration and loneliness; God was there. He met them where they were at and He spoke truth to them. This truth lead them to glorify the Lord.
Because, Moses lead the entire nation of Israel, Esther saved her people from genocide and David was anointed king of Israel by Samuel.
Sometimes, we have to go through the heartache of rejection in order for God to do an awesome work in us. We have to go through the pain and hurt to experience the joy and peace.
We experience healing from our former rejection. We find love for the person(s) who rejected us.
“Each hole left from rejection must become an opportunity to create more and more space for grace in my heart.” ~Lysa TerKeurst
So, how do we get to this point?
What I have been learning is that there is no validation from people to fill the hole of rejection in my heart. But, I have learned that my validation does not come from others, it comes from the truth of Christ. I am validated because of what He says if true for me.
God tears away the lies that rejection brings and shines truth in the darkness I feel within myself. He fills that aching hole in my heart. He tells me who I truly am to Him.
He doesn’t reject me, or tell me I am unwanted or unvalued. He tells me that I am His valued treasure, His bride, His daughter. He tells me that His love for me is beyond comprehension and that when He looks at me, there is nothing but delight, tenderness and joy.
So, when you experience rejection and you feel the whole world is against you, and the loneliness is unbearable; remember that the God of the universe loves you beyond words can express. He calls you wanted, He calls you His own.
“Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” ~Luke 12:7