When God Says No

July 1, 2008
by John Stuart

Isaiah 46:10 – I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (NIV)

For a while, I've been praying hard about something that I think is important, and I've been trying to convince God of the same. My prayers have been carefully spoken and well thought out. I've been looking to God to do what I want, and I've been disappointed that He hasn't acted sooner.

A couple of days ago, I stopped praying and started to accept that this wasn't what God wanted. It was hard to let go, but it was important for me to understand that God decides, not me. Instead of being agitated, I have a great peace. Instead of being disappointed, I am content. God's purposes stand, and He chooses to do as He pleases. His sovereignty is supreme. His decisions are final.

It may be that some of us have been praying hard for something, too. Perhaps, we want God to do us a favour, to get rid of an obstacle, or to give a sign. We may be tired of asking and be frustrated by God's inaction. I know that I was, until I realized that God was saying "No." Perhaps, it's time for us to surrender to His will and let God be God. He decides; we serve Him, not the other way around.

I personally know that it can be hard to yield to God's sovereignty, but this message may be the vehicle that God is using to say, "No; not now; never." Let's think about it, and when ready, take a leap of faith — let it go.

Prayer: Father God, sometimes, we want things to work out in ways that are pleasing to us and for our own personal reasons. Sometimes, we try to bend Your will and make You serve us with Your power. Forgive us for being focused on things that will never happen. Pardon us for using our faith to fulfill our own needs. Be with us, and comfort us as we let go. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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