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I have been trying to pursue a dream and have faced painful rejection. What verses in the Bible talk about encouragement after rejection?
Thank you for sharing your life experience and asking for encouragement from the Bible. It is encouraging to me that you seek to be encouraged from God's word.
Firstly I would like to discuss how we should address our dreams. Often we have many different ambitions / desires / plans / dreams / hopes. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and is probably a unique part of our human nature. The negative thing may be that our dreams may not conform with God's plans. Without knowing what your dreams were, it is hard to discuss this issue, but can I first ask you to consider if your dreams were something that God had given to you, or if it was something you wanted for yourself?
For example, if I wanted to murder someone or do anything that God has said not to do, it is very unlikely that is from God. Therefore you cannot expect God to bless you in this plan.
We must lose our old way of life, to find new life with God:
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul (Matthew 16:25-26)
Another verse says a similar thing:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones (Proverbs 3:5-8)
I am not suggesting that you do not already trust in the Lord, but just wanted to state the above in case you do not.
The Bible is full of encouraging verses to those in need. This Bible verse is encouraging for those who are struggling, but I need to explain the context after:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
This verse was written to God's people at a time of great sadness. God promises them to ultimately give them a time of blessing; this was likely to be in heaven. Also it is important to note that they were encouraged to seek God and not necessarily their own plans or dreams. Have you put God first in your life?
God wants to give us a good life, but if we try and put our own desires first, they may be contrary to God's plans. We must put God first if we are to be truly happy.
The way to put God first is to follow The Way. Jesus said..., “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)
Secondly regarding rejection and pain, we can know God's comfort when we put him first. He says we will ultimately go to heaven:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4)
and until we get there we can know Jesus comfort:
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
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