Israel’s rejection of God leads to salvation for the world. “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!”
God rejects Israel; Israel pleads for restoration and help for victory against their enemies. “O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes.”
Israel continues to reject God while accepting Saul as their king and savior. “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said, ‘No! but set a king over us.’”
The people of Israel rejects God and ask for a king to judge them so they “may be like other nations.”
Others simply faded away by not answering calls or responding to messages or showing up when asked or needed. However, not one of them had the decency and honesty to simply say, “I no longer want or need anything from you so this is where we part ways.”
Take a listen to recordings of LaShawnda Jones discussing her book, The Process of Asking for, Receiving and Giving Love and Forgiveness. The author speaks about the purpose of the book, what she hopes readers get from it. There is also a “When Your Love is Rejected.”
Rejection moves you forward.
So many people are afraid of failure and rejection. I’m not. I don’t actively look for it, but I do actively learn from it. Sometimes pursuing what you want is the best way to find out it’s not what you need. (CLICK on View Original Post to read all.)
Reading that passage brought one question to mind, a question I imagined God asking me – asking us all: Can I love you?
I’m a beggar. Are you?
Some people beg for love. Others beg for the opportunity to love in hope of reaping such devotion. I used to beg for love by offering love.