An unpopular word from God

No.

We really don’t like that word.

No usually means that we’re not getting something that we want or something that we feel we’ve been promised.  It usually leads to feelings of disappointment, frustration or in some cases betrayal.

I’m not immune from the feeling.  In fact, just this morning I was praying about auditioning for a local murder mystery theatre production and felt God say “no.”

Not a “not right now” or a “maybe another time” but a flat out no.

My initial feelings were that of disappointment.  I caught myself trying to reason with God.  I’d tell him that I didn’t have a job right now so I had plenty of time.  That it would give me an opportunity to use the gifts he’s given me in creativity and speaking and performing.  It would allow me the chance to meet new people and perhaps open the door to talk to them about Jesus.

And then something interesting happened.  In the midst of the bargaining, I felt peace starting to creep in.  I stopped the pleading and realized that if God told me a flat out no to this situation it was because He has something else in mind that is going to be better for me, my family, my friends and most importantly for His glory.

I thought of times in my life when I didn’t seek Him first and started to do something only to see opportunities arise later that I had to turn down because of my initial commitment.  Things I knew were wonderful things that God had brought my way and because I couldn’t “no” as an answer from Him I had to miss out on them.

So I went from pleading to praising God for the “no” and for the lesson within the no.

We don’t know the future.  He does.  We don’t know the grand plan.  He does.  We didn’t create the world and everyone in it.  He did.  If we can keep the mindset that God knows all and that He loves us, we can start to appreciate the “no” as much as the “yes” (and even the “not right now.”)  Regardless of the words we receive as an answer, it all means that God is there guiding us and is going to bring the best for His kingdom out of our lives.

Do you struggle with God telling you no?

 

Comments

  1. Lucy Ann MollNo Gravatar says:

    No, never. LOL! Who doesn’t struggle with God’s no? I want what I want when I want it. Selfish, me! I am so glad God is in control. If I were, well. . . Thanks, for the thoughtful post, Jason.

    • Jason WertNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks, Lucy. I’m completely with you on being thankful God’s in control. If I was in control, we’d have things like the New York Yankees being kidnapped by space aliens. It wouldn’t be pretty. :)

  2. Good post, Jason.

    We all struggle with the “No”, but you’ve shown the clear path for moving forward. We need to be more consistent in seeking His wise counsel before we embark on things.
    I too have often reflected on the things I did not get that I thought I wanted or needed in the moment, and things that were unpleasant to go through in my life. But I can clearly see in hindsight that they were for my benefit and to His glory.

    Ultimately we are not in control. This alone should bring us a sense of peace rather than anxiety.

    I agree with you, if I had His powers we’d probably on Earth, v. 9 milion :)

    Philipians 4:6-7

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

    7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

    Martina
    @martinamcgowan

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