Spiritual Symptoms of Rejection

Individuals from a childhood of rejection often have immense difficulty trusting God because of “projection” – they project onto God the negative characteristics of their authority figures (especially dads). If their earthly fathers rejected them, they perceive the heavenly Father to be rejecting them – this has been proved through empirical studies. If they had an untrustworthy mother, then God must be untrustworthy. These negative perceptions make learning the true character of God essential … and sometimes very difficult. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9–10)

Reactions against God

Sometimes those who have been rejected …

  • Resent God for allowing the rejection
  • Regard God as a tyrannical judge and jury
  • Reflect the negative attributes of childhood authority figures onto God
  • Rely on self-protection and deny the protection of God
  • Refuse to accept the authority of God
  • Rebel against the Word of God
  • Reject statements about the love of God
  • Resist the thought of trusting God
  • Recoil from true fellowship with God
  • React to their fear of condemnation from God instead of embracing the love of God

Regardless of the rejection from your past authority figures, the Bible gives this powerful promise …“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)