Judges 11:1-6 “Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah. Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him. It came to pass after a time that the people of Ammon made war against Israel. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”(NKJV)
Jephthah was the son of a prominent man but his mother was a prostitute and because of his mother’s status and him being an illegitimate child he was rejected by his family and also the people of the land.
Being rejected is no fun, it is terrible and painful, but it is not the end of the road. Being rejected can cause people to either hate the world around them leading them to dangerous acts or rejection can simply destroy oneself by making him/her a recluse and one with a sense of worthlessness.
But there are also others who rise up from their rejection, dust off the dirt of scorn and ridicule and walk into the annals of history. Jephthah was one such person. He was rejected, he lost everything when he was forced to leave his home and land, he was remembered as a son of a prostitute, and everyday he was reminded and bore the blunt of the sins of his parents.
Even though he was rejected by all, God didn’t reject him, God had great plans in store for him. God lead Jephthah who was rejected by the people of Gilead to become their very own commander and leader. If God can do that for Jephthah, He can do that for us too. The whole world might reject, mock, scorn and ridicule us, but our God will always remember, love and protect us, He also had great plans for us. God will never reject us or forget us, He will uplift us and fulfil all what He has planned for and through us.