Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rejection!

 6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
 7All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
 8He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
 9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
 10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
 11Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 

Rejection!

From a very young age we learn the bitter taste of rejection. It does not take us long to realize that compliance brings with it great rewards. So, with not much conscious thought we go through our days in much the same manner as everyone else. But, what happens when living in the same manner as everyone else brings us in direct opposition to the commandments of God?

Every Christian needs to face this question; as we see our world come closer and closer to the end of time, we realize that the status quo does not exactly align itself with the Word of God. In the United States we can hardly throw the Bible out of schools and tear the Ten Commandments from public walls fast enough!

David understood rejection. Early in his life he faced the open rejection of King Saul, and in his later years his own sons sought to take over his throne. When reading the verses above from Psalm 22, we can feel the deep anguish this rejection brought to his soul, and, again, we see David turning to the only One who could offer true help. Looking to God, he cried, Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

In reality, it is good for us to learn this lesson early in our lives. In our youth we form great friendships, but it does not take long to realize how tentative these relationships can be. Some of our dearest friends often turn out to be some of our greatest enemies. 

The key is to remember our First Love! Who loved us, even before we were born? Who sent his only Son to die to pay the debt of our sins? Who will stay with us every hour of every day, not just for the rest of our lives, but for all eternity? 

Who understands rejection even more than we ever could? The Lord Jesus Christ faced, not only the rejection of man, but he also faced the rejection of God himself. When he took the sins of man upon himself, God turned away!

Why was Christ willing to die for such an unworthy people? I do not know, but he faced that rejection so that he could present us before God, who does not see our sin, but sees, instead, the righteousness of Christ within us! Any rejection we may ever be called to face, pales in comparison with the hope of eternity with Christ. Indeed, there is no help upon this earth, but there is help from God, himself.

How amazing is that?

God Bless You,
Linda

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