No is An Answered Prayer

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident.
— 2 Corinthians 1:20

By Nina Roach

What a strange title for today's devotional you may be thinking. Isn't it strange too at times when we pray and we don't get the kind of responses that we desire from God as well? Our prayers may appear to be delayed but they are never denied. God's loving nature isn't up one day and down the next. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

When we have made our pleas or interceded for others we must release the outcome to God. Jesus modeled this type of prayer by giving us this example, "Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." It wasn't God's will for Jesus to escape the cross by taking humanity's sin upon His body. This was a demonstration of God's love to get each of us back legally out of the grips of Satan's kingdom.

It wasn't God's will when Moses cried out on behalf of his sister to be healed of leprosy right away. She instead sat outside of her community as a worship leader for 7 days for her punishment of mocking her brother's Ethiopian wife. This was God's answered prayer to Moses' plea. He said no!

And what about God's friend King David who committed adultery and out of wedlock impregnated Bathsheba. She was the wife of his loyal soldier who served him during the time of war. David thought his sin had gone unnoticed by God and God sent the prophet Nathan to him. Nathan had to inform him that his child-to-be would die as a fulfillment of God's chastisement upon his sin. Once again God said no, even after David fasted and prayed, the child died just as Nathan prophesied.

You may be thinking how cruel is God to allow this baby to die, or Miriam the worship leader to be stricken with leprosy for her mockery. So many times we forget that all sin has consequences. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:7-8, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." God loves us and He will never stop loving us.

The word no isn't a signal of defeat when God keeps a door shut or never allows a door to be opened or doesn't say yes to every prayer you request. He sees the bigger picture and cares for you. God knows what is at the end of the road. He sees what could possibly draw you away from Him, family or great friends. Everything that appears to look good isn't good. God may say no or not yet, nevertheless, you can trust Him.

And finally, let's take a good look at God's love in these instances above. Jesus did die and all humanity can be saved through His finished work on the cross. Miriam, though she was excommunicated for 7 days outside of her community learned to guard her words as God exposed the things in her heart.  King David lost his son in death and couldn't raise him from the dead, but God blessed him and Bathsheba with another son. This son became the famous King Solomon and his name means, "beloved of God" even though God said no, He still worked His plan in each of these situations because He is good. 

No matter what form of a no or not yet comes about from God's will, remember and believe that He is Sovereign. Now is a good time to set your will to trust God through the good times and the unexplainable ones too.

Decree It: My faith and trust are in God alone. God I trust you and all the ways you see that are best for me. Not my will, but Your will be done in my life.