Someone's Rejection is God's Protection
Rejection: Nothing stings like it. No one has ever gotten far in life without feeling its pain. The little boy feels it when the little girl checks “No” instead of "Yes". The mother feels it when her teenage son chooses to hang out with his friends rather than spend an evening with the family. The young professional feels it when the man she thought was her boyfriend casually says he’s been seeing someone else for the past three weeks and that’s who he wants to continue to see.
Rejection hurts...bad. However, what is perceived as man’s rejection could actually be a form of God’s protection.
Consider the following scenario: you are extremely qualified for the job of your dreams. You send out tons of resumes to the top companies that specialize in your field. You know it’s a long shot because not a lot of people are hiring, but you reason, “Hey, you never know until you try.”
Miracle upon miracle, the top company - I mean the crème de la crème company - calls you to set up an interview. You go. You interview. You’re totally confident that you nailed it. They tell you they’ll be in touch, so you go back home and make plans to start spending all the money you’ll be making.
Instead of receiving the job offer of a lifetime, you get the letter – the “thank-you-for-your-interest-in-this-position-but-we-gave-the-job-to-someone-else” letter. You’re hurt, confused and angry because you know that you were the best person for the job.
You get on with your life and get a good paying job somewhere else. Six months after the interview, you’re watching the news and they mention that the company, with whom you interviewed, filed for bankruptcy and all of its employees are out of jobs. You think, “Whew! That was a close one. Good thing they didn’t hire me.”
What initially came across as rejection was actually a form of God’s protection over you. He knew what was going to happen, and He allowed what you thought of as the job opportunity of a lifetime to pass you by because He was looking out for you.
Sometimes we forget that we don’t know it all. We fail to realize that we don’t have our best interest at heart. We internalize everything and believe that everyone is out for our demise. We forget about the Father and how He works everything out for our good.
It is vital that we understand that we often make choices that are not good for us. God’s main mode of protection is keeping us from getting the things He knows would hurt and ultimately destroy us.
So the next time you’re passed over for a promotion or your significant other says, “This just isn’t working for me,” or you get turned down for the fifth car loan in two months, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this rejection or is this God’s protection?”
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