Ignored by Man, Chosen by God

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world” (John 15:19 NIV).

Have you ever felt that you were overlooked or ignored … like you were a nobody? Well, take heart girlfriend. You are not alone.

In the Bible, we read the story of when the prophet Samuel went to anoint the next king of Israel. By God’s instruction, Samuel traveled to Bethlehem, to the house of Jesse. He knew where to go and what family the king would come from. He knew the next king would be one of Jesse’s sons … he just didn’t know which son.

Samuel arrived in Bethlehem and asked Jesse to bring all of his sons out for his inspection. Jesse brought out each of his seven sons, one-by-one. As Samuel prayerfully approached each young man, God said, “No, that is not the one…No, that is not the one…No, that is not the one.” Seven times God refused Jesse’s sons. Finally, exasperated and confused, Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“Oh yeah, I do have one more son,” Jesse said. “I almost forgot all about him. Little David is out taking care of the sheep. I’ll send someone to get him.”

David was so insignificant to his own father, that when the prophet requested an audience with all of his boys, the dad didn’t even think to invite him. However, David was the very one God had selected to be the next ruler of His chosen people. How exciting! You may have felt overlooked, disregarded, and ignored by man, but make no mistake about it, you are chosen by God!

Ponder these verses…

  • “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (
  • “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11,12 NIV).
  • “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33NIV).

Let’s Pray
Dear Father, thank You that I am chosen and dearly loved. While there have been many times in my life where I was not chosen, I rejoice that You chose me! Help me to be an encourager to others who may feel neglected or discarded by others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What Do You Think? 
When was a time in your life when you felt rejected?

The Bible says that we have a High Priest, Jesus, who has felt all the pain and suffering just as we have. How was Jesus rejected?

At the same time, how was Jesus chosen by God?

Consider writing down the verses in today’s devotion and post them somewhere you can see them often.

Click over to my blog page where this devo is posted and tell me what it means to you to know that you are chosen by God.www.localhost/sjold

Want More?
You are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. And that’s just the beginning. If you would like to learn about who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and where you are in Christ, then you’ll want to read my book, Becoming Spiritually Beautiful: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You. And for everyone that orders today (the date posted on this devotion only) you’ll receive a free makeup mirror that says “See yourself as God sees you…Beautiful!”

22 Responses to Ignored by Man, Chosen by God

  1. Tony December 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Wow. Very timely. I know, it’s a God thing! Struggling for recognition at work and feeling ignored and rejected, no matter how hard I try. Yet, I am a Christian, many at my workplace are not, and I am beloved of Him. Your devotional humbled me and reminded me of how blessed I am. Thank You Sharon! Hugs and God’s blessings during this Christmas season…and hopefully it is OK for a guy to read GIG…:-)

  2. Patsy December 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I lost my husband and my Mom 6 months apart this year. It has been so hard, I know God doesn’t promise us an easy road, but it still hurts. I now am alone in this town.. I have a sister in a near city, but oh how I feel so very alone. Thank you for your devotion today, I know I am chosen, and not overlooked by the one who matters the most, our dear Heavenly Father.

  3. Angel Harper December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi, Sweetheart,
    I am a recent college graduate, who happens to be 52 yrs. old. I have worked all my life, as a matte rof fact I started working when I was 14 yrs. old and I love working. I have applied to several employers and nothing has come through as of yet. I have even been on an 2 interviews for the same job. so I understand exactly what rejection feels like, I am one of those persons who as soon as I post my resume are make a few calls, I have gained employment, but this time is a little different. If I have learned anything from this experience is patience, Whew! that is a big pill to swallow, but I take confidence in knowing that He has chosen me, and that makes the waitng bearable.
    Thankl You so Much for the encouraging words, the mean alot to me.

  4. map1 December 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I feel special to be the elect, I love God coz he has made me special in His eyes and Him alone, Alleluia!

  5. Jessica December 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow. That was my favorite devotional yet. It reminded me how God chooses the underdogs. He chose the Israelites, not the Egyptians, he chose David, not any of his brothers, he chose Rahab the harlot, not an important person of the city, he chose David (a womanizer, adulterer, murderer,and disobedient), He chose Paul (a murder), he chose Peter and the other disciples (unlearned, everyday men), he chose Ruth from a hated nation, and he chose Mary (an everyday, probably teenage girl) to be the mother of Jesus! He used incest to be in the lineage of Jesus (Lot and his daughters). God can use anything! Wow this is such a comfort. God can use me! 🙂 <3 Never give up,never stop believing, never stop hoping, never stop trying…God loves you.

  6. Jenny December 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Thank you God for giving Sharon the words on this devotion today. My husband and I have had difficulties with our marriage and have been in some counseling with our pastor, who has only been with our church for just over a year. We have only seen him once, he told us back in early August he would get back with us, he has passed us in church and told us in October he still remembered he needed to meet with us, and he would soon. It is now December and still nothing. My husband and I separated for a period of time in October and by God’s grace he has opened our eyes to reconsilliation. It feels like our pastor somewhat ignores us. He is an awesome preacher and preaches God’s word whole-heartedly. I am trying to look at it like God is helping us to grow more toward Him and our marriage with out the counseling help of our pastor. I do thank God for that, it still makes me feel like our pastor is leaving us out. Get over my feelings right and just go with God on this! Thank you so much for the scripture refreshment today…GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  7. Joy Books December 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I really appreciate this devotional. God is good. He never fails and His loving kindness is everlasting. He created us for His glory, chose us to be His own, and even made a way to buy us back when we deserted His original plan by giving His most precious Son, The Lord Jesus Christ in our place. Knowing all this, sometimes we still lose sight of His great love and care. Thank you for your gentle reminder.
    I’d like to offer you something in return. I have an art print that states the theme of this devotional. Please may I offer it as a gift to you. Where may I send it?

  8. Joy Books December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Here is the print I made mention of in my last comment: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67314761/because-he-loved-1st-11-x-14-art-print
    Please, there is no need to post this link on you site unless you want to. I just wanted you to see the print I was offering to you as a gift in my previous comment. Thanks! Joy
    If you want it, please let me know where I should send it. Thank you.

  9. Alice December 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    This devotional couldn’t of come at a better time. I don’t do Christmas well. Having a horrific childhood where I was never told good morning or goodnight or I love you……my entire life…..has hindered me at this holiday. . . more this year than ever and I am 65 years old. I was told constantly I would never amount to nothing and I was just like my blankety blank mother no blank good. I had a step mom who was there and that was about it. I have a wonderful loving and giving husband, grown and married kids and grandkids but still feel like I am so isolated especially at this time of year. My family has a hard time as well dealing with me. I know GOD love me no matter what I feel or think. THANK YOU for this devotional.

  10. Nancy Beneteau December 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Sharon my sense of rejection and not belonging started when I was just 4 years old. The children’s aid had taken my brothers and I from our parents and we went into foster care. Over time my brothers stayed home but I was adopted after it was felt I was treated differently than my brothers. It’s a long story. The first adoption only lasted a year. The Jewish family I was with tried to make me into the princess they wanted me to be hoping it would make me happy, when all I really wanted was my mom. The second family adopted me and I have been with them for 33 years since I was 7. THey have been my family. I grew up always feeling like I didn’t belong and that if didn’t behave and do what everyone wanted I would be rejected. I used to even cry when I was sick cause I was scared I wouldn’t cause trouble. I learned to get along by myself alone. My adopted family never “Got it”. They have never understood why I felt the way I did. I was taken from my parents without choice and it wasn’t until I had my own family that I started to feel I belonged in a family.
    What it means for God to have chosen me is I belong and I matter and I am loved. The pain of being away from my brith family has gone, forgiveness was given and received. The scars are still there but I know that God has a plan for me and there was a reason that all this happened. I am apart of the biggest family ever and that makes me special.
    My birth mother has passed away but was very committed to The Lord prior to her passing. I know one day I will reunite with her again for the 2nd time in Heaven and we can fill in the missing pieces then. But it won’t matter then cause we’ll be together all over again.

  11. Cathy December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    God know my name …AND ADDRESS! He knows where I am 24/7 a bit scary at times, but by no means has He rejected me! He knows everyones name and address and that is a bankable statement of fact! Omniscience! Omnipotent! Omnipresent! With us!

  12. Shirley K December 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    I have been very blessed to have a loving and caring family, for the most part. My relationship with my earthly father has been difficult at times. I have never felt totally loved and accepted by him. Sometimes that has clouded the joy and acceptance that I should be able to feel by being a child of God. I have had a tendency toward uncontrollable worry and fear of rejection. Thank you for reminding me that I have been chosen as a child of THE King and I can have the peace and joy that comes with that, even in these turbulent times.

  13. precious December 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Everyday and sometimes it feels like every waking moment. But to know that I am chosen by and for God, for his purpose makes it bearable. This devotion came right on time. Right right on time. A lady at church walked up to me and she just start grabbed my hands and started praying for me and she kept on saying help her overcome rejection. Yes Lord help me. Though I’ve been through a lot and I’ve been rejected I am chosen and being called to something greater then my hurt. Though I’m hurting now it’s ok we’ll just call it my midnight 🙂 b/c joy is going to come in the morning. Thankful I’ve been rejected b/c if not I wouldn’t know the joy and truly appreciate being chosen. Glory to God. Hallelujah!

  14. Steph December 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I have been rejected for and from so many things in my life including the family I was born into. After carefully reviewing these things I realized that God’s hand was on my life even when I wasn’t fully walking according to his will for my life. As I write this message today I am so humbled that he took someone like me to be able to minister to those who may know of him, may not know him at all. As I draw nearer to Him I know that all the times I didn’t feel loved that He alone loved me more than anyone ever could. I am so blessed to be a part of His family. He is Lord over my life and I will serve Him until I die.

  15. Judy Baker December 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    My desire is to feel what I know, God loves me! I seem to be surrounded at home and work with complaining negative speaking people! I feel that I have not achieved what God wants me to. Confidence in my self is what I need and desire. Thank you for this devotion.

  16. Emily Lucas December 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Thank you for this devotion, GOD knows who I am, where I am, and what I am and He made me special because HE loved me and gave me a family to teach and share HIS love with others. Being ignored or not chosen at times helped me feel closer to GOD because HE wiped my tears away and wrapped HIS arms around me in love. Thanks again for this devotion.

  17. Beverly December 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    God, thank you for Sharon’s ministry to women. You have spoken to and healed many through her.

  18. Wanda December 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    WOW! WHAT AN AWESOME THOUGHT. THAT GOD WOULD CHOOSE ME AMONGST THE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. MY MIND CAN NOT EVEN BEGIN TO FATHOM HIS LOVE FOR ME. I STAND WITH DAVID WHEN HE SAY “[Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high , I cannot [attain] unto it. However, I am so glad that he chose me.

  19. Faith December 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Whow! What an awesome writing and I wanted to thank Jessica in regards to her comment here. I needed to be reminded that God chose those who others might have thought were “underdogs” or worse to help accomplish much and not only help each biblical person to grow spiritually; but the essence of each Bible story helps encourage me as a fellow believer.

    Thanks so much for the Biblical teachings and words of encouragement!

    May you and all your readers have a beautiful Christmas and may the New Year bring all readers closer in their walk with God.

  20. Maseray December 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Really sometimes i feel that i am forgotten but when i go back to the scriptures they
    bring hope to me and i thank u so much for reminding me ,that God has choosen me..U have made me strong again.

  21. Jacqueline Gaines December 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Apart from Him I’am nothing. I belong only to God. I can’t wake up on my own, move or breath, think with my mind, organs function on their own. I say this to say that my God is in control of me not me. So I give Him the highest praise. Thank you Jesus…

  22. Michelle December 18, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I am forgetting the plow. I have held onto hurt that someone did too me i still hold much love for this person but they will never know it. I feel if they could not accept it then they will not accept it now.. But i have hinder my own blessings and i have put others ahead of myself but someone wise has always said…You can not please everyone… You have to be happy before you can pass it on too others.

    Thank you Sharon

    Girlfriends in God

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