Not Rejected

Romans 11:1-6(NIV)

1I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”?And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Rejection is not something that anybody would like to feel.  If an athlete is trying out for a team and don’t make the team, they can react in multiple ways.  They can quit because they feel like they are not good enough and that not making the team means makes them feel like a reject and not wanted on the team. The other reaction could be one of determination to get better and working on improving your skills.  Michael Jordan is a famous example of one who felt rejected because he couldn’t join his high school varsity team. Instead, he played on the junior varsity team and used this feeling of rejection to get better.

Perhaps the Israelites felt that they were being ultimately rejected by God because God was opening the doors to the Gentiles for a relationship with Him.  Paul made it clear that God did not reject his people.  Even when Elijah felt that he was the only one left against Baal, God said that there were seven thousand others who were not bow down to Baal.  Sometimes we can feel down and distant from God when things go against us. Resist the temptation to think that God is rejecting you and cursing you.  This is what Satan wants you to believe.  God is a gracious God and He is rich in mercy. He will not reject you and me if we want to continue to pursue our relationship with Him.

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