Today I was talking to a friend who recently listened to a Max Lucado training for writers. She said Max Lucado received 14 rejections before he finally received a “yes” from a publisher. She also said that he still struggles with self-doubt every time he submits a new book to be published. She then pointed out this just shows her that self-doubt is NOT an indicator that she is going in the wrong direction, or that God didn’t call her to write. After this conversation I also took away that neither is rejection an indicator of what God thinks of us, or that we are not qualified, or good enough, to do a certain task.
After 14 rejections Max Lucado could have simply thought to himself that maybe he wasn’t a good enough writer, and he could have just went ahead and quit writing. I think a lot of times we can take rejection as an indicator that we are simply not good enough. We even think that how people treat us is a reflection of what God thinks of us. This all is simply not true.
When you read in Exodus chapter 17 you find that once the Israelites finally found FREEDOM they felt it would be better to be slaves because they didn’t have any water. It wasn’t easy for them to receive their freedom, and with their freedom came a price. After all God had done for them they wanted to return to the ones that held them captive and slaughtered their children. I guess they thought the hardships were a reflection of how God felt about them. They truly thought their life as captives was better than their life of freedom.
I have learned a couple of things about freedom: 1.) Oppression is the strongest right before you are set free, 2.) Freedom often requires us to go against the norm and release the things that have brought us temporary and artificial comforts.
We often think it is easier to stay in the comfortable, or just turn our back on the things that are keeping us from what God has called us to. Or maybe we have this IDEA of what freedom looks like, or what our call looks like, and we stay in certain situations and relationships simply because we are unwilling to surrender.
The truth is it’s more than just rejection. It’s refinement.
The Israelites thought God had pretty much abandoned them in the desert, but He was always there. If we want freedom, and find satisfaction in using the Spiritual gifts God has given us, then we need to choose to do these things. It’s not going to be easy. There will be rejection…
There was a moment today when I realized I have never “fit in” anywhere in my entire life, and I don’t think I ever will, and THAT is NOT a bad thing. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had gotten my wish to just “fit in.”
Maybe God doesn’t want you to “fit in.” Maybe He doesn’t want to simply provide you with the water in the desert; maybe He wants you to search for it where you’d least expect it, like in a ROCK.
Today God is saying seek ME and you will find ME.
He is telling us that His plan and purpose for our life is not found in the approval of man. He is saying it’s more than rejection; it’s redirection and refinement. Just listen, and TODAY you will SEE.
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Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.