What does peace have to do with rejection? Well, all we have to do is read Isaiah 53 to find out what Jesus went through, He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows. To despise is to see no value in, to hate or even loathe. It’s hard to believe people feel that way about Jesus.
And peace, because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, and finished so long ago, He left us the gift of His peace, John 14:27. We have talked about that in great detail, how we must learn to rest in Him, even if we are going through something, to be still and let Him fight for us. He offers the weary and teary eyed, rest, even if you have been rejected, as a believer in Him, He is not rejecting you. Some of your ways, sin, disobedience, but not His child. Lose the rejection, gain His peace.
Let’s look at Samuel, and then how he chooses a king for Israel.
And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. ” 1 Samuel 8:7
And then you can read about Saul, even after they were warned. The next story is about David. in Chapter 16, God sends Samuel to Jesse to look over his sons, saying He has chosen a king from among them…
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. ” 1 Samuel 16:6:7
Keep reading and God rejects six more before having the young and handsome David called from the field as a shepherd, probably playing the harp and singing a psalm. He is anointed to be king, Jesus is to have His throne forever.
And Jesus said this day to His disciples and even us today, as the beloved in Him.
“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.” Luke 10:16
For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:8
Now this verse is about immorality, how we are to be pure and holy as our body is the temple, and we will give an account one day, and of course we are to reject false teaching but Jesus said that people would hate us because of Him.
A lot of hurts are easier to let go of because you may not know the person or see them often if ever again, but the ones that are supposed to love and care for you, that’s another story. Most of us will have to face down some sort of rejection, and I don’t mean the world’s idea of silly dating, I mean being rejected for bearing the set aside, separated, holy call on your life, whether in ministry or not. By family or a true love.
Those can be open and gaping, bloody wounds with some pouring salt in, but Jesus wounds cover all the ones of rejection, and were so much deeper still than any loss or grief, any words of hurt or shame spoken over you, any childhood trauma. We have to hope and grow up in Him and resist and cast out that root of rejection that cuts us off from those who love us and even more importantly Him and His peace.
The only way to rid ourselves of a spirit of rejection is to let Jesus just cast it off as we agree with His will. The only reason we are still even dealing with it is that we have just learned to accept and expect rejection, that is not what He wants not His best. Some wounds take longer to heal, both physical and emotional, phycological. Spiritual wounds are no less painful, probably in many ways even more so, Jesus doesn’t want troubled hearts and minds. Let’s break the rejection cycle and be free, from something I have discovered is both hideous and insidious, hiding in some you would not expect.
Let me pray for you today, Father, break the curse of rejection over all will who believe, and speak your healing peace into every wound, so they may pray that for others as well. We reject the enemies lies and accusations, and receive your peace in His name.
And one last note, it is about the Hebrew word shalom, the letter have word pictures and a numerical value, the language is read right to left. The first letter is sheen, which is represented by teeth or fire, the second, lamed, the shepherd’s staff for authority and learning, and mem, waves of water, in effect, the mean is peace, His peace is the fire or authority that destroys the chaos, by the Spirit, the mysteries and revelation of Jesus.
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I borrowed a quote from a fellow blogger, thanks, Lisa.
“If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection.” ~Lecrae