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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Sometimes Rejection is God’s Protection

My friend has a phrase that catches me off guard every time she says it:

Sometimes rejection is simply God’s protection.  

Rejection may protect us from harmful circumstances or it can also become a catalyst to humbly seek God for protection. I have seen the Truth of this played out as a bystander in her life, but I’ve recently gained a deeper understanding of it.

Experiencing rejection, whether through close relationships or hard circumstances, like being denied for a career opportunity or losing a bid on a house, is hard. The past few months have afforded me the unique opportunity to simultaneously experience the accusation of rejection along with actually being rejected.

Last night I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done in all the years of reading my One Year Bible. I read the passages for the next day. I was searching for Truth that would minister like salve in the hurt places of my heart.

As I read Psalm 138 I was reminded that God’s promises are backed by HIS name! His Word is always steadfast & true. It made me wonder if sometimes we experience rejection so we might turn for protection by the Only One who will never reject us?

Rejection sets the stage with foundation planks of humility, reminding us not only of our great need OF Him, but increasing our desire FOR Him.

I heard a song this morning by Jonathan McReynolds called, “God is Good” that speaks to the hurting heart:

May your struggles keep you near the cross

And may your troubles show that you need God

And may your battles end the way they should

And may your bad days prove that God is good

And may your whole life prove that God is good

As I listened I giggled & thought, “Sometimes I think this whole life is a grand set up by our good God...” Our parents let us down, we let our children down, our friends let us down, but God let’s it happen. He loves us too much to make us follow Him, but I wonder if rejection is a catalyst that leads us to Him for protection?

Hard things keep us near the cross, to remind us that we NEED God more than approval of anything or anyone...yes, maybe rejection is protection because it humbles us & causes us to draw near & remember that God is indeed good!


December 19 One Year Bible Readings

💡Zephaniah 1:1-3:20

💡Revelation 10:1-11

💡Psalm 138:1-8

💡Proverbs 30:11-14

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