He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Hebrew: knows it well): and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. - Isaiah 53:3
What would your faith be like if you spent your life despised, rejected, in sorrow and grief, with nobody esteeming you (considering you of any value)?
These are some of the significant issues psychologists deal with today when treating their ever-growing clientele. In the workplace, some of these matters are now banned under discrimination and harassment laws; such is their damaging effects.
Often we feel the damage to us when we get negatively treated in one of these areas.
Christ showed us how to overcome the rejection and despising nature of being on the receiving end of the insults and brutality. He did not let it affect His faith. During all this trouble, he was still able to heal, preach, pray, lead, and perform miracles. Yet, we get depressed and take hours or days to recover, telling people about our pain. Sometimes we even let depression affect us for life. If we say we are following Christ, this is an excellent passage to read for understanding and help.
While following Christ, much overcoming needs to be done. However, Satan knows what our failing points are, and focusses on those. If he can get us to take some of these influential feelings to heart, and allow them to reside, he may have beaten us for a long while until we come out of it.
How did Christ overcome them?
He understood, with expectation, that these things must come. He knew that preaching righteousness in an unrighteous world would invite opposition. History showed Him that to deliver the power of the Kingdom — the gentle words, the healings, the miracles, the law, and the teaching of how the Kingdom should work in society, to a people with an unrighteous hierarchy, would attract the brutality that comes from sons of Belial (Satan).
He studied the prophecies spoken about his human life and knew the degree of barbarism coming his way. He anticipated great resistance from those sons of Belial who stole the Priesthood.He kept the end game in mind.
He had His vision and would not stray from that, despite the counteraction he consistently met.
Do we want to follow Christ? Can we go through all this without becoming depressed? Have faith, and keep walking the journey!
1 John 2:13 mentioned this verse full of hope, to help us with our determination and courage, particularly when we think we will never make it"…I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one."
Today's Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for getting me to focus on the deep and bitter challenges that came against my Lord. I am amazed at His resilience. Please help grow to a stage where I can also shrug off these issues which confuse my feelings. Help me to see them for what they are — simply distractions from your pathway.