6 - Rejected

Isaiah 61
1. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2. to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,
3. to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."    (New King James Bible)

Brokenheartedness is something all humans experience at some time in their lives.
How you cope with it depends on two things:
+> how old you were when it first happened;
+> how deep the heart-wound was.

Brokenheartedness can be felt as a small childhood disappointment like having a favourite adult forget to bring you a chocolate they promised you. But as you grow up you understand that people do forget things like that and you forgive. You discover that isn't a real heart-wound at all.

Brokenheartedness can be felt as rejection in the world of work.
We have all heard of famous people who were told they would never make it in the field they eventually excelled in. Such people used their rejection experience as a stepping stone and challenged themselves to excel.

We know that the Lord Jesus experienced much rejection during His life and ministry.

The Apostle John puts it this way in his account of Jesus' life:
John 1:
10 But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came.
11 Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted.   (New Living Bible)

Imagine coming to see what life is like in the place You created and those You created taking absolutely no notice of You.
The Lord knows what it is like to have His heart broken by human beings. So He understands when our hearts are broken.

Father, thank You for understanding when my own heart is broken, because humans have broken Your heart also.
Forgive me if I have caused You to feel rejected by me and if I have caused You sorrow.
I want You to feel welcome in my life from this day forward,
in Jesus' name,    Amen.

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See you tomorrow, God willing.
Until then, trust in the Lord with your whole being
and be blessed in all you do today!