Rejection has the potential to bury pain into the deepest depths of your heart, and entices you to believe the lie that you were never worth it from the start.
You’ll never get that job.
You’ll never have purpose.
You’ll never have a friend.
You’ll never be loved.
You’ll never get back up.
You’ll end up failing, again…
As I was writing this post, the story of David and Goliath came to me. Below, read the following scriptures:
“‘The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you.’ Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him…’You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’ As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.”
1 Samuel 17:38-42; 45-50
David didn’t conquer Goliath because of his strength, his own will, or his weapons. He was ridiculed for even attempting to defeat Goliath, and was set out by people to perceive him as a fool and a failure. Remember, it was all perception.
David was so steadfastly fixed upon The Lord, that he had NO doubts in his mind that God was going to deliver him as promised. He EVEN took OFF the extra armor to boldly proclaim that much more power in his faith in his God.
All he had was his slingshot.
Take a moment and imagine yourself holding a sling shot. The rejection in our life can be depicted as the act of pulling back the sling. In the moment, all you see and feel is being pulled down and backwards. The stretching and straining undeniably feels as if it’s never going to cease — until, you come to find there’s either a forced or unintentional release.
I came across a scientific study about how sling shots work by Wolfram Demonstrations. The study stated:
“David defeated Goliath by striking him on the forehead with a stone from a slingshot. How did David do it? The key quantities are the energy and speed of the stone. The greater the energy, the greater the damage to the target.”
Isn’t it interesting that the further something is stretched backwards actually increases the projectile of heights and distances reached?
Here’s the thing you have to remember about the release – you’re always projected forward.
What we feel is breaking us, by stretching us, is actually strengthening the power behind the release.
Before you know it, your rejection has become a projection.
In times of rejection, we catapult into the arms of our loving Savior. I think we forget just how powerful this act in itself really is. When we’re full force chasing after Jesus, that submission and surrender transcends into power. A power that boldly moves in such a way that what once was utilized as an attempt to break you, cannot even come close to the power behind where God is going to project you.
It’s time we stop allowing the potential of rejection to bind us so tightly in fear. The truth is, rejection just may be your greatest projection.
David, physically, may have only had a slingshot, but David had a mighty God who used his faith, despite his own rejection, to project straight into victory.
Embrace rejection, and get ready to open your arms to the incredible projection God has waiting for you on the other side.