When The Answer Is “No”
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” – Luke 22:42 KJV
I love you more than you can possibly imagine. Because I love you, I am always looking for the best path for you in life. Sometimes what I see is not what you see. What I know is not what you know.
My hope for you is a life that brings you love and peace and a constant relationship with me. I want to walk with you, listen to you, and give you the things in life you want and desire.
There are going to be times when your actions and thoughts create a separation between us. This separation is called sin. Sin is a barrier that can create situations where I will say, “no” to your requests. In those situations I want you to come to me, to turn from your sin, before I will answer, “yes.”
Most of the time, when you finding me saying “no” it is because I have something greater in store for you. One example of this you will find in the book of John in the Bible. Two sisters named Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother was sick and they wanted Jesus to come and heal him.
Jesus didn’t come right away. He waited to go see Lazarus.
When Jesus arrived to see Mary and Martha, he demonstrated his power by bringing Lazarus back to life. Why?
We had something greater in store. We had a plan for the life of Lazarus. When you ask me for things and you get a clear answer of “no” remember that my ways are no your ways. My plan is not your plan. My reasons and purpose for saying, “no” to the things you request are because I love you and have a plan for your life.
3 for 3
1 – Read the story of Lazarus in John 11.
2 – Talk with God. Ask him to remove the sin from your life. If you haven’t already become a follower of Jesus, consider doing that. We have friends that can help you. Read this article about following Jesus and join in a chat about how you can follow Jesus.
3 – Ask one of your Christian friends what it’s like to talk with God and listen for his answers.