Rejection is a part of life. All of us have been rejected at some point. However, if you look at it from God’s perspective, it cannot hurt you. In fact, it can help you when handled properly. I once heard it said, “Man’s rejection is God’s protection.” So let’s take a look at rejection, recognize how God masterfully uses it in our lives, and reframe it so the devil can’t get the upper hand.
- Rejection is God’s way of exposing “chinks” in your armor. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:13-18 to put on the whole armor of God. In his book, The Power of Right Believing, Pastor Joseph Prince has pointed out that each piece of the armor represents an aspect our belief system. If your belief system is flawed, you will experience pain as a result. Therefore, rejection simply exposes a faulty belief system that God wants to repair. Therefore, the pain of rejection can be used to direct you to God so that He can show you where the devil is lying to you, and help you to replace the lie with the truth.
- Rejection is God’s premier way of weeding people out of your life that He deems unnecessary for your growth and productivity. Therefore, rejection is not about you. You have to take it up to another level and see it as God moving people in and out of your life at will. In His wisdom and foresight, He orchestrates their movement. He is the “Grandmaster chess player” Who moves “chess pieces” on and off the “board” of your life as he sees fit. When you face rejection, it’s simply God’s way of letting you know He has not chosen those people usher you into your destiny. Nothing more, nothing less.
- Rejection and its effects can be warded off only if you know who you are in Christ. Chris Hines, senior pastor of The Way Church, made a profound statement that really encouraged me. He said, “You have to be so secure in who you are that no one can make you second guess yourself.” In other words, you must know who you are in Christ. You have to know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, or you are in for a rocky road in life. The devil will “eat your lunch and pop the bag,” as they say. Therefore, make it your business to pursue being rooted and grounded in Christ, and rejection will have no power over you.
As you can see, rejection does not have to destroy you. God has given you everything you need to walk on top of rejection and live a victorious life in spite of who comes and goes. So let God call the shots in your life when it comes to divine connections. Just know that you are loved, accepted, approved, valued, blessed, and highly favored by God. In the final analysis, the key to overcoming rejection is to walk so closely with God that it makes no difference who walks in and out of your life because you know that God is the center of your world, and everything will ultimately be alright.
What lessons has God taught you through rejection? Leave a comment below.
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