Do you ever feel abandoned by God, or feel like God has simply given up on you? If you have ever felt this way, you are not alone. The truth is that many people including myself have and will experience this at some point in their life. This feeling of abandonment or rejection is so strong that it cuts deep into the core of your person. It can create such turmoil inside of you that it can affect every aspect of your life and ultimately if not dealt with it can steal your joy, your time, and your very life.
When a child is rejected physically, or verbally by a mother or father, that child will grow up thinking that no one will ever truly love him or her. When a child hears a father or mother use harsh words like, ” Why can’t you be like your sister or brother!” , ” I wish I never had you!”, and other harsh phrases, your child will hold onto those words and if the words are harsh enough they will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Which will often leave them feeling like they have no real value and will never be good enough for anyone. So, when people justify this kind of talk to their kids and say something like,”They are too little to remember what I just said.” Well, that isn’t really true and kids remember more than many people think. When I was little, my father said some harsh things to me that I still remember and it’s been over twenty-five years.
Even as an adult, you may have dealt with someone refusing to be friends with you, or felt under appreciated by a boss or fellow coworker. Maybe you have felt rejected by other Christians within your church. The rejection that you feel is absolutely real and should not be taken lightly.When we get rejected by others, depression sets in and then we start believing the lies of the devil, and believe that we are not good enough for anyone including God. It’s during these times that we shut down internally and stop living the fruitful lives that God wants for us. We point our finger at God and cry out to Him with words like, “Why are you doing this to me?” The temptation to doubt His existence and to completely walk away from Him constantly whispers and nags at our soul. However, we have to remember that yes the rejection that you feel is genuine and you have every right to feel that way, but you have to know that although man has failed you, God has never rejected you or left you alone.
God has always been here for you, and I know that it’s hard to see that when you’re hurting and life doesn’t seem to change or make sense. You have to remember that there is a spiritual war and a fight for your soul. The enemy would love for you to take that rejection that you feel and walk away from God, because then He could fill your life with bitterness and cause you to waste your life living an ungodly lifestyle. If you walk away from God you end up walking to something else, and most of the time that is to a life of sin.
When you and I decide to walk away from God we will still have to give an account for our sin. The accountability that we have to God and how He judges sin, still does not change even though our thoughts about God may have. So, if you have allowed doubt to take over your mind and have contemplated running away from God, or if you have turned your back on God and are living a life that you know is wasted in sin. Please,be like the prodigal son and come to your senses and run back to God.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (Luke 15:17-21)
God loves you so much and He is the only one who truly knows of your suffering. He is familiar with our suffering, after all He sent His only begotten Son to suffer a terrible beating, to be rejected by all, and to die on a cross for the sin of the world. As a matter of fact, Isaiah calls Jesus, ” the Man of Sorrows.”
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows;Yet we esteemed Him stricken,Smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:3-4)
His death although it was for the world ( John 3:16), you need to make it personal. He died for You and He knows what suffering is. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord of your life, then you belong to Him. This world will fail you, people will let you down time and time again. This world is cruel and unfair, it may completely reject you and never give you that opportunity that you’re looking for,or that fancy title that you’re after, but You don’t belong to this world. You belong to God, so if you look to find favor from man or the world, you will continue to find yourself feeling rejection. Listen my friend, if the God of the universe and the Creator of all things sent his Son to die for You, then You are definitely valuable and so very special to God. You have worth to God and you can know that because of what He did for you on the cross you will never be alone (Hebrews 13:5-6). May you run back to God, and remember that He gave His very life for you. God bless you friend.