Speaking of listening, many times people have a hard time hearing “no” from others. We want to hear the word “yes” don’t we? Most of us want what we want and we want it now. True? In fact, I read somewhere that a sales technique is to get the client to start asking questions they will agree with and that gets them in the mode of saying “yes” and therefore more likely to buy. Interesting, huh?
When it comes to hearing the word “no” from others, if we are mature, most of us can handle it without getting our feelings hurt. But how about when it is God who says “No”? How do we feel then?
Not so hot, is what I want to say in my flesh. When I have my mind set on something, I usually will do whatever it takes to get it. I am not a quitter. But my perspective changes when I listen to God and really choose to hear His still small voice instead of my own. “Is this really good for me?” “Is this God’s best for me?”
How do I know that God is saying “No”? Good question. There are clear signs. Some of which are such as strife, struggle, conflict, things just not working out, no sense of peace, closed doors, loss of blessing, losing sleep. If we pay attention we will hear the answer. We will know.
“No” is a hard answer to accept, isn’t it? We feel disappointed, hurt, and saddened. Sometimes we may doubt that God really loves us. But the truth of the matter is this: God loves us so much more than we could ever imagine. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. When God says “no” to us, it only means He has something better in mind for us. It is a way of protecting His children.
Take this example. I had made plans to go away for a long weekend to go biking, hiking and glory in the beauty of the fall foliage. Then comes the tornado watch and the rainstorms. Plans changed. My prayer was and is “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” The key is the attitude we have when we hear no from God. Do we pout and complain and act like babies or do we accept things and act like adults?
Sometimes we don’t understand why God says no at the moment, but it may become clear later on. Take heart and look on the bright side. Just as parents must often say no to their children for their good, so it is with God. He only wants the best for His children and that means sometimes He has to say no to us. It is all part of our journey to faith. Until next time, keep looking up!