Perhaps the most hurtful and damaging wound a person can experience is to be rejected or not wanted. This is why separation and divorce can be so painful and devastating. In some situations, children that witness the constant arguing, conflict, and/or divorce of their parents may unwittingly conclude that nobody wants them.
The opposite of being unwanted or rejected is to be “spoken for.” To be spoken for is to be taken or reserved for someone. Isaiah 62:2b–5 is a powerful passage of God speaking for His chosen people: “You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God. You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand, a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God. No more will anyone call you Rejected. . . . As a bridegroom is happy in his bride, so your God is happy with you.”
Before a person can be spoken for by God, he must first be spoken to. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Jesus Christ speaks to us today. He speaks to us, if we are listening, and He speaks for us. He has purchased us by His shed blood, and He has engraved us on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).
Are you enjoying that security?