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When God Says “No”

By Don Loftis | 01.30.13

Late at night Jesus made His way to Gethsemane with eleven of His disciples.  Taking three of them off with Himself, He prayed fervently, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt. 26:39).  God heard that petition, but He was not willing to answer it in the affirmative.  God said, “no” to His own son at the most difficult time of His earthly life.  How must that have felt?

We ask God for a variety of good things—a better job, a newer house, the right mate, children, health, or church growth.  Many times, despite our fervent and repeated pleas, His answer is “No.”  Why does God respond that way to His children?

It is important that we understand God sees the bigger picture—He is able to see the long term consequences of our short sighted requests. He is also aware of how His answers to our prayer would effect the lives of countless others.  At times the Lord’s wisdom may see that we need to face some hardship so our faith can be tested and matured.  He may have an even greater blessing awaiting us in the near or distant future.

As believers, we do not need to fully understand every answer; we simply need to have a deep and abiding faith.  Faith in His love!  Faith in His wisdom!  Faith in His timing!  Faith that He will always keep His promises such as, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).



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