Have you at any point implored a petition and got a “no” from God accordingly?
Supplications for recuperating, petitions for compromise seeing someone, supplications for answers, supplications for clearness… they aren’t generally met with the reactions we seek after. We ask, we cry, we ask, we quick, we read Scripture, and we have an inclination that we’re doing everything right, yet God still appears to state no to our solicitations.
Ordinarily, when we feel like God isn’t hearing us or isn’t noting our supplications, we get frantic at him. We feel sharp toward him. We may begin to disdain him or keep running from him, since we feel like he isn’t there and he simply doesn’t get it.
Be that as it may, the thing is, Ann Swindell brings up in her article “Battling to Say ‘Yes’ When God Says ‘No'” for The Gospel Coalition, “when we’ve asked and begged God, regardless he doesn’t change our circumstance, we’re left with a decision: We can annoy him or obey him.”
This is a critical decision, and one we need to make regularly.
We should discuss the principal choice. Do we outrage God by revealing to him we know better? Do we set out to disclose to him how we figure he ought to get things done, similar to we are the ones with the power and control? I can consider ordinarily I asked particularly to God, supposing I knew precisely how things should play out to prompt the life I needed for myself. I thought I was as a rule so legitimate thus honest to goodness in these supplications, yet thinking back, I can perceive what I was truly doing was getting a handle on at control and endeavoring to manager God around to do things my way. Wow.
“While it’s great to be straightforward with God, there’s an unmistakable distinction between ardent genuineness and threatening trustworthiness,” Swindell composes. “Sincere genuineness comes to God on its knees, shouting out with modesty and trust. Antagonistic trustworthiness comes to God pointing a finger. At the point when our genuineness turns unfriendly, we turn out to be biting. We judge him and keep running from him. Thusly, we dismiss the very wellspring of solace we urgently require.”
It’s lowering to consider how often I’ve done that very thing, and how regularly I’ve dismissed the One who could really give me what I required in my hurt.
Also, now, the second choice. Do we obey him notwithstanding when everything feels like the opposite we’d sought after? Do we lower ourselves before him, knowing he is sovereign constantly, notwithstanding when we don’t get it? Do we confide in his decency and devotion regardless of our testing conditions?
Swindell discusses how this decision, the dutifulness that feels such a great amount of harder for the time being, was what mollified her heart toward God.
“The mending and softening proceeded as I loyally read the Word and invested energy in petition, she composes. “As I met with Christ, I couldn’t solidify my heart against him. By perusing the stories of men and ladies in the Bible who held up and believed, I came to confide in God’s sway over my life, notwithstanding when I didn’t comprehend it. Also, as I spilled out my heart to him in legitimate and humble supplication, I came to encounter his solace and love.”
God won’t generally answer our petitions with the “yes” reactions we seek after. He doesn’t work like we work, think like we think, or move like we anticipate. He is far beyond our brains and hearts can fathom, and understanding his energy and love for us will regularly overwhelm us and humble us. He needs to spill out his ideal love on us, he needs to comfort us, and he needs to move in our lives in a way that is for our great and his brilliance… however we need to assume that he knows best in every last bit of it.
I heard a minister at a late spring camp in my childhood say that God answers supplications with “yes,” “no,” or “not yet.” When the appropriate response we get is a “no,” we know we have a decision to make- – one that will lead us far from the core of Christ, or nearer to it on the off chance that we lower ourselves to obey and tail him at any rate. All we truly require, more than any solution to our petition, is Jesus himself. May we tail him steadfastly, when it’s simple and when it’s hard, when we’re cherishing life and when we’re bumbling through it, when he says “yes” and even
(particularly) when he says “no.”