Rejection—it’s one of the toughest things for me. After majoring in chemistry and pre-med in college and then not getting accepted into medical school, I got down and wondered what happened to God’s plan for my life. In the early days of Truth Encounter when Mary and I received a letter from a major Christian radio network that in a month Truth Encounter would no longer be part of their programming, the unexpected, sudden rejection was tough.
When you’re trying to get something published, and the review committee sends that kind but firm letter, “Your proposal doesn’t fit into our publishing goals,” it’s easy to be tempted to turn off the computer and stop writing. But then I read Stephen’s statements about the rejection Moses, the great deliverer of Israel, faced.
At forty he had big plans. He came to the defense of one of his Israelite brothers and expected them to anoint him as their ruler and judge. Instead, they ratted him out to Pharaoh, and he had to flee for his life. For the next forty years he worked as a shepherd in the desert. Were his delivering days over?
Check out the rest of the story in Stephen’s account in Acts 7 as he continues with what God said to Moses out of the burning bush.
“’I’ve certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt and heard their groans. I have come down to deliver them. So come, I will send you back to Egypt.’ Now this was the same Moses that Israel rejected earlier saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and judge?’ With the help of the divine messenger who appeared to Moses in the bush, God sent him to be Israel’s ruler and redeemer. He led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.” Acts 7:34-36
I must remember that the only appointments that count are the ones that the Lord gives me, He’s the One who will provide the support to complete the assignment, and human rejection can’t stop what He has in mind.
LORD, help me rest today in your assignment for me to keep helping others to meet the Savior who’s far greater than Moses. Help me work through the depression that comes with rejection.
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