Feeling like we’ve been replaced is so, SO hurtful because it allows tons of room for thoughts of “I’m replaceable” “I am missing something” “I am not good enough” “I was not valuable” etc. When you are replaced by someone, or something, it makes you feel so unimportant and thrown to the side. Feelings of being replaced devalues us and it’s so easy to believe we have lost our chance when we don’t know the truth about who we are and what God has promised us. A lot of things can make us feel like we have been replaced.
The truth is you CAN’T be replaced. No one else in this world has your finger print. No one else in this world can do things exactly like you do. And no one else in this world can carry out the life you were designed to carry out.
So what is actually happening when it seems as though you’ve been replaced?
Look at Sarah and Hagar.
Sarah was promised a child and then Hagar stepped in and had a child by Sarah’s husband. I can bet money Sarah felt replaced. “Hagar took my promise. Hagar took my destiny. Hagar took my husband. Hagar took my child. Hagar took my place.” But did she actually? NOPE. God made Sarah a promise and while it FELT like she had been replaced, no one could have replaced Sarah and the promise God gave her. She ended up fulfilling her destiny just as she was supposed to.
Look at Joseph.
Joseph was replaced for 20 shekels of silver by his brothers then replaced AGAIN when he was master and overseer of the Egyptians house and wrongfully accused by the master’s wife. But was he actually replaced? Or was he re-placed? And still went on to fulfill the destiny God had for him?