When God says, "NO"

"God answers prayer, God answers prayer, God answers prayer,  He's so good to me"

But what if He answered "NO"? Will you still say He is good to you?

Some people become jubilant when God positively responds to their prayers. But if God's answer doesn't go to what's favorable to them — didn't match their expectations, didn't meet their desired timeline,didn't turn out to be pleasing;some treat it an unanswered prayer.

We are aware that God answers prayers but we should also remind ourselves that His answers are subject to His perfect will. It can be yes, no, or wait. What if He answers no? How would your react? Would you be like these people? Let me introduce you to some of God's "No" receivers.

King David. "David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died."-2 Samuel 12:16-18a

This was the scenario when King David prayed for Batsheba's son to be well. But the Lord answer to him was no. His servants thought he would receive the "no" violently; but he did not. He accepted God's will peacefully and still worshiped despite everything. This made his servants think weirdly toward his unlikely actions. However, he managed to show them that God is in control and he abides in his will.

Apostle Paul. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor.12:7b-9)

Apostle Paul, also known as Saul, used to be the persecutor of the faith he soon had preached after he encountered Jesus in Damascus. He was a devout Christian; a teacher of the law, an apostle of Christ, a father to the Gentile believers. Yet, when he prayed to God to remove his thorn of the flesh,he received a "no" for an answer. Is God too selfish not to give a man, who selflessly dedicated his life to the gospel, a favor of receiving a "yes" for a response? Is a man who risked his life and almost tasted death not worthy to have his prayer granted? But Paul's response to God's "no" is beyond usual. This gave him a driving force and a concrete evidence that His strength is seen in those who are weak.

Jesus Christ. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”-Matt.26:39

Jesus, when He was about to face death pleaded the Father to spare Him of the suffering that awaits Him. But the Father's answer was "no" not because He does not love the Son, but because He loves the world selflessly that He even answered "no" to His Only Son for the salvation of those whom He knew would say "no" to Him in the future.

I myself am still struggling in prayer in wait for His answer to my plea of healing for my epilepsy. As of today, it has been 17 years since I and my family have started to pray for this. But whether His answer be "yes", "no", or "wait", I still believe that He answers and if it is a "no" I will trust His plans for His wisdom is higher than that of men.

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