|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on February 15, 2020 at 12:20 AM|
Have you recently experienced a traumatic letdown at the hands of those that perhaps you looked to for support? Have you reached out in love, assistance or service to others only to draw back a bitten, bleeding hand? Were you good enough for a person or group of people until they reached a pinnacle of some sort, then found out that suddenly what you had to offer was no longer enough? Well, having been there myself on not a few occasions in my own earthly experience (giggling) let me see what I can draw from this in hope that it might bless you somehow...and--who knows--I may just get blessed myself in the process! First of all, whatever experience we had is not a unique one, however alone we might feel or might have felt during the experience. We live in a world filled with hurting people, many of whom suffer from an unrelenting desire to feel important and accepted. Sometimes, in their pursuit to magnify themselves in their own eyes, the only recourse that they know of is to minimalize, reduce and reject others. Then, too, some folks are just plain evil and do what they do out of malice and hatred, pure and simple. A lot of the pain you feel or felt stems from trying to be friends with, work with, be accepted and approved of by or, in some cases even worship with people of this sort. To the seeker, this more often than not does not turn out well, because one of two things always happens: either you end up being used, abused and/or taken for granted (and that becomes the norm in your life), or you end up being flat out turned away which I believe is the better outcome, because it forces you to move on toward the better situation that God has for you. That being said, God DOES have a better situation for you. Be reminded of Jesus' example. Imagine the very Messiah that religious leaders read and studied about, preached would someday come--finally comes to earth in the flesh--visible to the human eye--only to be unrecognized, rejected and even condemned by the very people who were supposed to know best what to expect when they saw Him? Theoretically, they shouldn't have missed it. All of the signs were there, prophecies met to the letter, and yet He still had to endure the mock trial, the mockery, the beatings, the slapping, the spitting, the march down the Via Dolorosa, the nails and the lifting up on the cross. In fulfillment of Isaiah 53:3, "He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." Understand from this that in our times of isolation and despair, we are in the best possible company there is! Jesus, too, was rejected, let down, marginalized and excluded by others (and still is today, unfortunately). But this is not the only thing to consider--notice what it also says of Jesus in Philippians 2:6-11 "Let this mind be in you , which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." What does this have to do with you, you ask? Besides the fact that He endured all of this to pay the cost of our souls' salvation, that as I first stated in this paragraph, GOD HAS A BETTER SITUATION FOR YOU. He has a plan and purpose in your life, the pathway to which includes the trials and suffering and hurt that we go through, which will often encompass the rejection and misunderstanding of others. Remember Joseph, how he was sold into Egyptian slavery by his OWN brothers, falsely accused by his master's wife, thrown in prison forgotten by his fellow inmate only to be brought forth to utilize his God-given gift that got him into that situation in the first place, but now has him saving all of Egypt from starvation and thereby exalted as the second most powerful man in Egypt? Of course even Pharaoh himself admitted that he was greater than Joseph only by virtue of his throne (Genesis 41:40)! You may not see it now, you may not come close to feeling it now (it's not about how we feel, anyway) but God has you on a path to that place, that season and that situation where He will unleash all that He has put within you, for the purpose of edifying His kingdom and His people and ultimately, glorifying HIM on this earth! Praise God from Who ALL blessings flow! Tell you what, let's make a pact from this day forward. Let's agree together that this thing--whatever it is, whatever it was--will NOT lick us, will NOT defeat us and most of all, will NOT define us! Let's keep forging ahead in the face of rejection, denial, despair, destitution, and all pain so that God can do what He wants to do for us, in us, through us and around us so that those that come after us will be better because of it. This thing that He is using to get our attention and shift us in the right direction, is bigger than all of us. Keep praying, keep listening, keep searching His word and stay positioned and prepared for what's ahead for the joy that is set before you! Then, all of this will fade in your mind as a distant memory for the reward of the things that God has in store! May God bless you, as He has me! And make it a great day, in Jesus' name!