This month I would like to share an article with you that was, and still is of great encouragement to me in my walk of faith. May it be an encouragement to you, and a reminder of Gods faithfulness.
How to Respond When God Says “No”
We have a good Father in God, who, just like a good earthly father, desires to give His children what’s best for them, even if He has to say no to something they want right now. The question is: Do we really believe that He’s good? If we did, wouldn’t that be cause to celebrate, whether He says no or yes?
But what if we really believed God was good? What if we believed that He was always saying yes — maybe not to what we are asking Him for right at that moment — but saying yes to His best. What if we trusted His heart, even when His hand seemingly withholds the very thing we so desire? What if we choose to celebrate all of the previous yes answers He’s given us despite His current no? I think it would change how we respond. I think we would find joy, keep hoping and smile despite what we see. I know how badly you want your yes but hang in there. Keep hoping. Keep praying. Keep believing, and if God says no, choose to give thanks.
I have been walking with God long enough to know that many times God has said no because He had a greater yes in store for me. I have been walking with God long enough to know that even if I don’t like His answer, I can respond to Him with expectation, hope and joy. I have been walking with God long enough to know He’s good and although He doesn’t always give me what I want, He always gives me what He knows I need. In some way, shape or form, He’s always saying yes.
Father God, today I choose joy because I believe You are always saying yes. Sure, there are places of disappointment in my life and there are things I would like to be different, but I choose to give thanks. Starting today, I choose to respond with thankfulness, to You, because You are always good — a Father who has my best in mind. . In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (NIV)
Matthew 7:9-11, “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (NASB)
By David West
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