Rejection Is God’s Will In Our Life
Therefore she said to Abraham, “CAST OUT this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. But GOD SAID to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, LISTEN TO HER VOICE; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.” — Gen 21:10-12
Hagar the maidservant of Sarah was given to Abraham by Sarah as his second wife so that she will bore him a child and through her she can be a mother. But then when Sarah give birth to Isaac, she began to despise Hagar and Ishmael being afraid that Ishmael son of Hagar would be the heir with Isaac. Therefore she asked Abraham her husband to cast away both Hagar and Ishmael. This matter displeased Abraham but then God said to him, “LISTEN TO HER VOICE.” In another word, God ALLOW Abraham to REJECT both Hagar and Ishmael. Therefore rejection are a part of God’s will in our life.
Seeing the attitude of Sarah, we can define her as a selfish person because she despised the poor Hagar and Ishmael for the benefit of her own son. But behind her selfish attitude, God has a purpose.
Sometimes we keep bitterness against the one who has rejected us in the past. We feel that they have been so selfish and become unfair to us. And now to forgive them could be the hardest thing in our life. But if you notice something clearly, you would realize that you wouldn’t be what you are today if they never reject you that day. Rejection in the past has made you to be what you are today. You are better than yesterday. Therefore thank God for allowing rejections in your life.
God have to use those people who rejected you as the ROD and STAFF to lead you toward the destiny He has for you.
After being rejected by Abraham and Sarah, the boy Ishmael grew up to be an archer and he dwelt in the wilderness. And God made him to be a great nation today. The Arabians are the descendants of Ishmael. Their nation is a rich nation too.
Therefore be thankful to those who has rejected you in the past for without them rejecting you, you wouldn’t be able to make it this far.
God’s intention is not to hurt you through rejection but to push you toward your destiny. Therefore whenever someone rejects you, count it as sign that God is about to exalt you. Remember, you need to get into the pit before sitting on the throne.
REJECTION before EXALTATION.
Rev. Jonathan Ezra