I have been reading 1 Samuel and the people of Israel just told Samuel they wanted a King (1 Samuel 8). This is an example of true rejection; although, this wouldn’t be the last time God would be rejected.
As you read the New Testament you will find many examples of man rejecting God: the Priest rejected that Jesus was the Son of God and had Him put to death (Mark14:61-64), some disciples rejected His gift of eternal life (John. 6:60-66), His 12 close disciples abandoned Him (Matthew 26:56), one of His disciples denied he knew Him (John 13:38 & Luke 22:54-62), and worst of all, one of His own disciples betrayed Him (Matthew 26:14-16)!
It must have been hard for Samuel to go to God with Israel’s request; as a man of God, he would know the history of the Israelite’s and of how they have turned from God many times! God said to Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.”
Many of us feel rejected today, and you might feel no one truly know your pain. I can’t speak to your rejection; each of us has their life’s rejection, but there is a person who can relate, Jesus! He is not just sympathetic to our needs, but He knows them by experience. I do have good news: Jesus’ rejection that placed Him on the cross makes our life better (1 Cor. 15:55-57). So, when you feel the pains of rejection remember Jesus can relate. Jesus said in John 16:33,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”