There are seasons where we pray wholeheartedly about something only for God to say “no.” We then become frustrated and feel like we lost what our heart was so passionately praying for. We question God’s goodness and our mind fills with worry of “why” we didn’t get what we believe we heard God for. I have been in this season lately. It is one of the most challenging seasons to walk through because you have to walk with complete faith no matter what your circumstances are telling you. You have to hold onto what little peace you have and keep going. Do you ever feel like this?
This week I have been reading the book of Romans and I saw something so encouraging this morning in my quiet time…
“One thing I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord… I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now.” -Romans 1:10-13
Paul, a devout Jew who had at first persecuted the Christians, became a believer, God used him to spread the Good News throughout the world. Paul’s prayer was to visit Rome and the Christians there. He prayed time and time again and even planned times to visit them, but the sovereign hand of God prevented him from getting there for quite some time. God’s “No” forced Paul to sit down and write a letter to the Romans which became a powerful exposition to the Christian Faith. If God would have said “Yes” early in his journey, he never would have written the letter that has helped countless millions of believers across the centuries. God knew exactly what He was doing.
Perhaps there are some “no’s” in our lives that God is preparing to use greatly if we would just faithfully do what lies directly ahead of us, instead of worrying “why” we didn’t get our way. If we faithfully stay focused on God, His “no” produces a “world-changer” Yes! Don’t give up when God says “no.” It’s not because He doesn’t love you or that He doesn’t care, it’s because He wants to produce something in you that is greater than the deepest desire of your heart. God LOVES you. God hears you. Hold on when He says “no.” The timing may be wrong. He wants to teach you His heart and show you His desires. You got this. We are in this together. You are not alone.