When God Says “No”

Have you ever prayed for something and it didn’t happen? And when it didn’t happen, did you get frustrated? Maybe you asked God “why?” That happened to me this week.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct Thy paths.” I quoted that verse a few times last week and I prayed that my request would be granted.
But it didn’t. I didn’t get what I prayed for. And I was initially, aggravated. But then, the Lord reminded me of something… The verse says, “…lean not on your own understanding.” I wanted what I was praying for. I wanted it bad. I wanted it so bad I started to send an email about five or six times making one last appeal. But I didn’t… I kept telling myself… “leave this in the Lord’s hands.”
And then, it didn’t happen. God answers all our prayers. He answers either, “Yes,” “No,” or “wait.” We don’t like two of those responses. So, does God love us and know what’s best for us? Sure He does! If God knows us and knows what’s best for us then we can trust God to do what’s best for us.
So, as I thought about my prayer not being answered, I thought, “Ok, there must be some reason God doesn’t want me there. And God knows what’s best for me.”
Today, if you are praying for something and God has said, “No;” don’t get bitter with God. God knows you and knows what’s best for you.
When God says “No,” it’s either, 1) The timing is not right or, 2) We aren’t ready to do what we are praying for. Whatever reason it is, we can trust the Lord.

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