The Fining Pot of Rejection

Michael Beck

“As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” (Proverbs 27:21)

Rejection easily leads to dejection. We become down when we fail to get the response from people we had hoped for. But God wants us to look beyond any reward we can get from men. He uses those times when our “best face forward” or “job well done” is met by a tepid response, or worse yet, stone cold silence.

It is at this place, where dejection could settle in, that the Lord would become our glory and the lifter of our head. We must though be willing to forego the plaudits of men, and even rejoice in what is naturally a downer. Why? Because it is only in the fining pot of rejection, when we are counted a zero in the eyes of men, that our hearts are made single and we learn to live for God’s praise alone.

Don’t be afraid to be a “washout” in earth’s eyes. Count it all joy! Shine with a better glory and labor for an eternal praise. Lift up your eyes to your glory and the lifter of your head.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.