Topic: Rejected But Not Demoralized [September 15, 2016]
“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.” (1Samuel 16:11 KJV)
David’s parents rejected him. Otherwise, how would a guest come to the house to bless them,and the entire community was invited but only the youngest son (who was supposed to be the pet) was left at the background of the desert tendering sheep? David suffered rejection. What people did not know, was that he was undergoing some life’s lessons as a shepherd. He was acquiring skills in the field.
Skills that helped him in winning every battle he fought in his lifetime. Did you know that David fought many battles in his life time but never lost any? He turned the state he found himself to his advantage. He was rejected but was not demoralized. You may be going through rejection. Your parents, spouse, your friends may seem to have rejected you and even you have even rejected yourself. However, if people reject you, please, do not reject yourself.
This reminds me of a question my father asked me in the presence of my brothers and sisters, “What do you want to do in future?” I said, “Mass Communication.” Simultaneously, all of them busted into a fit of uncontrollable laughter, and then they pointed to someone else and said, “This one can read Mass Communication but you go for Secretarial Studies.” To God be the glory, I graduated in Mass Communication. I did not reject myself or allow them demoralize me. No matter what you are faced with, do not reject yourself.
FURTHER READING: 1 Samuel. 16:7. I Samuel 53: 3 – 8.
PRAYER/CONFESSION: Oh Lord, help me not to reject myself no matter what people do to me.
WORDS OF WISDOM: It is what you think about yourself that matters. God does not look down on you.
Eagles Devotional is a daily revelatory and inspirational Publication by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the founder and presiding Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria.