Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rejection Can Be God's Direction

Rejection can be extremely painful, but many times God will use man’s rejection as His direction. Jesus told His disciples to shake the dust off their feet when they were rejected. “And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet” (Matt. 10:14). That’s good advice. Shake off your rejection and look for new opportunities.

The first book that I wrote was rejected by fifteen different publishing companies. I shook off the rejection and kept knocking on doors. It was the sixteen company that bought my manuscript, which went into several printings and was translated into Korean. God closed 15 doors through those rejection letters to divert me to the right publisher.

God can do the same for you. You must see your rejection as a door that God shuts to protect you from making a mistake and to point you in a new direction. When Joseph was rejected by his brothers, he looked past their hateful actions and saw God’s hand at work. He was sold into slavery, but God promoted to the second-highest position in Egypt. If Joseph’s brothers hadn’t rejected him, his promotion would not have happened.

Even though you may feel abandoned by someone’s rejection, you need to look past the rejection and see God having a better plan for you. The Lord is so wise and powerful that He will use their rejection to get you to a better place where He can bless you. (Slaying Your Giants, Hendrickson Publishers, 2013, p.147)
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