WHAT IF GOD SAYS NO?
Father, I love You! Jesus Christ, I worship You! Holy Spirit, You reign in my heart! Amen!
Our family is currently being considered for work that would change our lives. We are ready for this change and after qualifying ourselves to be considered, we are excited about the possibility. However, others are also being considered for the same opportunities and therefore we have placed it all into God’s hands. He knows what He has planned for us and He knows if it would be good for us to undergo a change right now. We are very excited and hopeful, but to be honest, the thought has crossed our minds; what if God says no?
When a toddler wants something they can’t get, they get upset and start crying out of frustration. The parent however, knows what is best for the child and although the tears may roll, the best thing is to stay strong and not give in. As the child grows older he/she understands why the parent said NO and normally they come back and say thank you. There are however those cases where the parent feels to just give in to the child’s request and then it ends up in that child being spoiled and not learning to accept NO for an answer. As the child grows up and life becomes more challenging, that same child might find it difficult when life does not give him/her everything they want, leaving them with a feeling of helplessness and sometimes this again causing some level of depression. This means that all actions, even from as when we are very young, have repercussions and should be thought through very well, before decisions are made.
Let us take it to the next level. So, there are parents who says yes for everything and those who say NO, in order to protect the child. In both cases however, I am sure that in any normal situation, none of the two parents would say yes for anything that would physically harm the child. For example, if the toddler wants to pull the pot from the stove with hot water in it, no parent will say that is alright to do it, as it would hurt the child. The parent would rather move closer and say to the child that the pot is hot and that it should not be touched. If the child persists, the parent would possibly raise their voice to get attention and remove the child from the stove, forcing their attention into another direction. Here the parent clearly said NO! God works in exactly the same way with us. We sometimes throw tantrums and get upset with Him, if we don’t get want we want. Then only later do we look back and see how God has protected us.
Looking at the Bible, there was the story of Jonah who had to deliver a message to Nineveh (Jonah 1 – 3). He tried everything not to deliver that message, but God stood firm and indirectly said NO, for it was an important message to deliver. After many detours, Jonah delivered that message. Then there was Jesus, to whom Father God said NO. Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane as we read in Matthew 26:36 – 46 and He knew what was coming. He knew that He would be tortured and then die on the cross. He prayed to Father God and asked Him to take the cup from Him, if it was His will. Dear reader, God said NO! The reality here is that if God said yes, Jesus would not have died for me and you and where would we have been today without the blood of Jesus who set us free from sin and death? Praise God for saying NO to His son, although it might have hurt His heart so deeply.
You see dear reader, many times God does say NO, but is it necessarily a bad thing? Never! God only has plans to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). NO right now does not necessarily mean never, it just means not now. God wants to bless us and keep us safe. He wants to be glorified in all we do. What we must learn to do, is to trust His will and then the best will follow!
Perhaps you are at a crossroad in your life and you are trusting God for something big, just like my family. The answer, whether yes or NO is now in God’s hands alone. We have decided to say Yes to God, whether He says yes, or NO! We have decided to trust His will and His direction for our lives (Proverbs 3:5). The question is, what will you do if God says NO?
Lots of love
PS: Dear reader, please remember that the scripture used are from the New International Version. If the scripture is read in another language and translation it might differ slightly. A verse in the NIV might be a different one in your Bible, i.e. Ps 37:3 in the NIV might be Ps 37:4 in your bible. This does not always occur, but happens in some instances.