Turn the gloom into glamour
“Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.” Judges 11:2-6.
Jephthah’s story has two sides, the dark and the bright; man’s rejection and God’s acceptance.
Rejection is part of human experiences. Because society has set up standards, timelines and expectations of you. You’re going to be rejected for reasons beyond your control — if you fail to meet their requirements.
Jephthah was rejected for reasons he didn’t choose — being an illegitimate son. Yet, despite the disappointment, he didn’t choose bitterness, he chose something better for his life. He created a grand purpose for himself and others.
He turned a gloomy situation into a glamorous one and by God’s grace, he achieved a great feat. Those who had rejected him sought his help.
Society defines value in different ways. By the measure of affluence — the material things one possesses, by the level of education, the position and authority one wields, by the number of people they are influencing… etc.
Beloved reader, do not be tempted to define your value based on the diverse societal definitions. I want you to know that your value isn’t measured and defined by society.
You’re valuable because you’re a child of God. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. The value Jesus has is the same value you have. The only difference with the value of the other person is in the manner in which we choose to do with the value we have.
Maybe you’ve been rejected because of your age. Maybe they’re saying you’re not educated. Perhaps they are saying you’re ugly. Maybe it’s because of your skin colour or your gender. Perhaps they’re saying you’re poor…etc.
I want to tell you that like Jephthah you can create a purpose out of rejection. God’s grace is sufficient for you to turn that rejection into great accomplishments. If God approves of you, nobody will invalidate you. Even those who despised and betrayed you will soon hear, see and seek the value in you!
Questions to consider
- Are you facing rejection from your family, friends, workmates etc?
- How are you responding to the rejection you’re going through?
- How can you apply God’s Word to cope with the rejection you’re facing?
Let’s declare Psalms 23:5 upon our lives together.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Amen!
God bless you abundantly!