I know God knows best but right now it doesn’t seem so.
I can’t believe that His answer is ‘no’. I’ve been battling in prayers for God’s yes and go signal but at the end it was still a ‘no’. I was very saddened by his response. It feels like a deep rejection from someone I least expected it to get. I questioned God why? “I’m ready for it.”, “It’s good for me.”, “I’m perfect for it!”, and “I’ve been preparing for it for a very long time.” But God just silenced my tantrums by reminding me that in my prayers I asked Him for His will be done and not mine.
At some point of your life, perhaps you felt like nothing makes sense and you can’t understand why it’s a ‘no’ from God. You wanted an explanation why your prayers are unanswered, but all you can hear is silence. May it be a ‘NO’ from a relationship and your family, a job or in your career, your future plans and even your dreams. Well, it wont really make sense right now, it will only make sense until the whole story is unfolded. What’s the right response when God say ‘no’?
1. Trust that he knows better
You’re plans are good but His plans are far greater. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jeremiah 29:11. Only God can see the bigger picture. What we can see is just a very small piece in the picture. There are harms that we don’t foresee because of our limited view but God does and He won’t allow that to happen. He will protect you and guard you to preserve your life.
2. Have a change of heart
Sometimes our prayers left unanswered because we ask with wrong heart. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” –James 4:3. Have a change of heart, God won’t give you a ‘yes’ if it means turning you to be a horrible person. God is working in our lives in ways that we don’t understand; often times it only make sense, until the event is long past.
3. Embrace the future that lies ahead
Life goes on. No matter how badly your heart is broken life will still continue. God has his reason for why he has prevented something from happening in your life. It’s not because he didn’t love you or didn’t care about you or didn’t hear your prayers. It’s very possible that he wants to bless you from another angle.
4. Admit that you’re not yet ready for it
When God say ‘no’ for the time being and delays your dreams, He wants you to cultivate patience and persistence, and build your faith or to bring your will around to conform to His own. Delay is not denial, it’s a preparation and redirection.
5. Be ready for new dreams
God’s “no” to one thing is a “yes” to another. Life has endless possibilities. Make some necessary adjustments and don’t lose joy and hope. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28
6. Keep the Faith!
When God says no it doesn’t mean that he is your enemy. He just love you so much that it hurts him so much to see you in deep pain and agony if he will give you a ‘yes’. In whatever season of your life, He is with you as He promised. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” -Isaiah 43:2-3
You can also also check my other blog post When God says “Yes”. Thanks for reading! God bless your heart!