Rejected Again?
Glynnis Whitwer

"This is the same Moses whom they had rejected with the words, 'Who made you ruler and judge?' He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.” Acts 7:35 (NIV)

Rejection is never fun. Most of us avoid situations where we know we’ll be rejected, and sometimes we give up too soon. Parents, worn down by the defiance of children, give in rather than discipline in love. Friends avoid giving biblical advice when it’s rebuffed repeatedly. Many of us just stop sharing the good news of the Gospel when someone seems uninterested. We may know God asked us to do something, but trying repeatedly is just too hard when we’ve been rejected before.

There is wisdom in knowing when to press on and when to back up. Only the Holy Spirit can give us direction on what to do when we meet resistance. But many times, I wonder if fear, insecurity or exhaustion drives our decision to stop obeying God’s requests. Unless God specifically tells us to stop, we should consider our past marching orders as standing orders and face that possible rejection again.

Moses is an example of someone God called to help people who had already rejected him. In Acts, chapter 7, we read Stephen’s final sermon. It included the story of Moses, an Israelite, who was raised in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s house, full of wealth and privilege. At the age of 40, Moses visited his fellow Israelites who were enslaved by the Egyptians, and in his anger he killed one of them. When other Israelites discovered the murder, Moses fled to the wilderness for 40 years. That was when God asked Moses to return to Egypt to free His people.

Moses was an unwilling servant in the beginning, full of excuses. In Exodus, chapter 3, Moses begins the list of reasons why he shouldn’t go back to Egypt: That he was nobody, that he wouldn’t know the name of Who sent him, the Israelites wouldn’t believe him anyway, and that he wasn’t eloquent. Quite an inventory of excuses, wasn’t it? Stephen, over 1,500 years later, cuts to the heart of the matter when he said Moses was sent to the people who had rejected him.

Moses was just like you and me. I think he loved God, but he didn’t want to open himself up to criticism and rejection. And so he quickly identified the list of reasons why he couldn’t do what God had asked. But God had important plans for Moses. Moses was the one God chose to bring freedom to the Israelites. God saw value and worth in Moses, and God sees that same worth in you.

With God’s help and power, Moses returned to the Israelites and led them to freedom. Obedience wasn’t easy, but the end result brought God glory, and freedom from slavery to a million people. Sometimes God may send us back to speak truth and freedom to someone who has rejected us before. When that happens, we can trust that God sees our potential and that pressing through rejection will be worth it in the end.

Dear Lord, thank You for including stories in the Bible of people who faced rejection. Obeying Your will isn’t always easy. Thank You for being with me always, for being my courage and for working miracles every day around me. Help me not to give up too soon. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
The Character of God: Understanding His Heart for Us by Brian T. Anderson and Glynnis Whitwer

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst

Move Me Aside CD by Lindsay Kane

Visit Glynnis Whitwer’s blog

Application Steps:
Make a list of people who have rejected your attempts to invite them to church or talk with them about your faith. Pray over this list. Then try again with one or two of them.

Why is rejection so painful?

What are some common behavior patterns we adopt when we are afraid of rejection?

What truths can you hold on to from God’s Word that will help you deal with rejection?

Power Verses:
Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (NLT)

Luke 10:16, “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." (NIV)
Psalm 66:20, “Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (NIV)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really needed this. I am just like Moses with my excuses. I need to learn to trust the Holy Spirit's ministry in my life that enables me to press on. Thank you for sharing your insights.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you share the love of God when you feel abandoned by God? I read the devotionals, pray, online church service, and do all the things God asks of us. I have been working so hard to not be discouraged the last six years of this trial I am in. I find myself even more alone and abandoned by God. How do you share God with others when you are scrambling to find him in your life?

Blogger Glynnis Whitwer said...

Dear friend,

Even as I read my own devotion, the feelings of defeat threaten to wash over me. I was praying about it this morning, and I believe God may have given me a word that will help you. You mention two words "alone" and "abandoned". God told me I've been trying to do too much alone and need the help of others. Could that be something you need as well? Maybe it's time to focus on finding a friend to share your burdens with, instead of outreach. I'm praying now for God to provide one or more strong Christian friends to stand by you in this time of trial. Online friends just don't meet our real flesh and blood needs. I know from personal experience.

With love - Glynnis

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I needed to read this today. I'm facing a problem with my husband that require me to speak up and give my view point, and it will go against his ego. Thanks

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every church I've ever went to I've been rejected because of the anointing that God has placed on my life. I sit back and wait and I'm still rejected. I step out to talk to others and establish a relationship but am quickly sabotaged by others. I have allowed the Holyspirit the right away and let his spirit come through me, and i'm still rejected my life has been the life of Joseph all of my life in my family and in the church. I hurt to no end. I keep pressing and have often fallen back into smoking cigarettes because of all of the pain. what do you do when you have noone to talk too, when you try and talk to pastors and try to be honest and get Godly counsel and your turned on or made to feel like a harlot, or second class citizen?

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