Re:Verse passage – Job 19:13-19 (day seven)
All my associates abhor me,
And those I love have turned against me. vs 19
Can you remember the first time you were ever rejected or your first breakup? Maybe you never had to experience relationship heartbreak, but I am sure you had a friend who abandoned you, or a job you were fired from, or an application that was turned away. Rejection is inevitable.
No matter how long ago any of those events were for you, the pain of the moment stays with you. “Studies show that the same areas of the brain become activated when we experience rejection as when we experience physical pain” (Psychology Today). Rejection hurts. This pain of rejection escalates our loneliness. Not only was Job alone, but he had been despised and rejected by all his friends and family. Sound like someone else you know?
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3a (ESV)
Jesus knows your pain. He wants to comfort you even when you feel like the world has turned against you. You are not alone!