If you are just joining us, we are journeying together through Lysa Terkeurst’s book, “Uninvited.” If you would like to read along, you can get your own copy of Lysa’s book HERE (affiliate link.)
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Today we are looking at looking at chapter 5, which is all about trust.
Trusting God Instead of Rejection
In this chapter of the book, Lysa Terkeurst talks to us about trust. When we’ve been rejected, even if it’s a perceived rejection, enough times, we begin to trust others less and put up walls instead. It becomes more difficult for us to open up and be vulnerable with others because of the fear that we might once again be rejected.
She reminds us that when we place our worth and emotional stability on how others treat us, we will be on a bumpy ride, because people are sinners who will hurt us and disappoint us. But, we don’t have to live this way if instead we stay connected to God. She states it so well here:
The peace of our souls does not rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations. Our feelings will shift, of course. People do affect us. But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is. And though we can’t predict His specific plans, the fact that God will work everything together for good is a completely predictable promise.
Here are some great verses to reassure us of this promise:
Romans 8:31 – What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Hebrews 13:5-6 – For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
We do not need to live in fear. We can live in the truth that God is trustworthy, good and that He loves us. We do not need to let feelings or circumstances determine our state, but can stand on the truth that our God is unchanging and we can count on Him to always be there for us.
For some reason we are fickle and forgetful. We tend to forget God’s goodness, love and trustworthiness. We become distracted by what the world has to offer us in terms of stability. We tend to easily follow after those things and then we get hurt, rejected, abandoned and disappointed.
Based on the last verse of Psalm 23, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” Lysa tells us this:
That word follow in the original Hebrew is radaph, meaning “to pursue” or “chase.” God’s goodness and love will run after us all the days of our lives. How tragic that when we chase something in this world, we’re actually running away from the stable trust and secure love our souls long for the most. Our souls were created to be pursued and fulfilled by God’s love and goodness. Other chases deplete us and erode our trust.
Are you ready to let go of rejection and instead embrace the trust the love that God so freely offers you, and indeed pursues you with? Are you ready to say good-by to fear and embrace the peace that God wants you to experience?
I know I’m ready! I’d love for you to join me! Please encourage others with your comments below on how you’ve experienced God’s love, acceptance and peace when you’ve faced hurt, rejection and abandonment.
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