He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
Read: Genesis 21:8 – 24:67
Relate: No question, hands down, the worst year of my school years was seventh grade. There were plenty of reasons and looking back now, I can see how I contributed to my own emotional demise but it all started with a heartbreaking rejection. There was this girl in my class who I will not name because some people reading this might know who she is. I’d hate for people to know that I once had a crush on the former pastor’s wife of another local church. Yes, it was an incredibly long time ago but he is a great guy and his wife is a lovely lady and I would hate for people to know how CRUELLY SHE TREATED MY HEART!
Anyways, back to the story. The summer before seventh grade I had a summertime camp girlfriend. It carried on to through the summer and into the beginning of the school year but she lived far away and here was this lovely young lady who sat next to me in my science class. She was funny. She was smart. She was beautiful… especially when she smiled at me which I did everything I could to encourage as often as possible. So one night I was at home with this brilliant idea. I wrote her a poem pouring out my heart and soul and asking her to be my girlfriend. I never did get a reply. But I am pretty sure every single person in the entire school read that poem. Neighbors who were two grades above me were quoting it on the bus ride home. I hate poetry.
React: God had this great idea. He loved His people but they had a hard time loving Him back. He would send them prophets and messages and for a while it might turn their hearts toward Him but all humans are fickle. We are prone to wander. So God decided to come and live among us Himself. He came and began walking and talking with us, but they didn’t recognize Him as God. He came to the people He had chosen and set apart as His own but even they ended up rejecting and killing Him. A rejection like this makes my young crush look like what it truly is… child’s play. This is God we’re talking about. He sacrificed so much more than I could ever imagine or attain to come and live among us and we rejected Him. They did then and oh, so many of us continue to do so now. Will you?
God, I am so thankful that You understand my brokenness. You came to this earth and experienced the hurts and the pain and the suffering we experienced and a very real part of that is rejection. I am sorry for those times I have rejected You myself with my willful sin. Please forgive me. Thank You for Your grace and Your healing. Help me to now go out and bring that healing to the hurts and the pain of others. Let me walk with You, even if that sometimes means walking alone.