Have you ever been disappointed by one (or several of) God’s decisions? Maybe you wanted a particular job, mate, home, car, ministry position, or healing for someone, and God decided to fulfill His purposes completely opposite of your request. Or maybe you are at your wit’s end in that marriage, and God says “stay” when you desperately want to leave. How did you handle it when God said know?
During times when God said no, I forgot He still loves me.
We have all “made our requests known” (as the scripture tells us) only to have God do His own thing in a situation. Let’s be honest; it can hurt when God says “No” while we want Him to say “Yes,” right?
When God denies what you want, it may disappoint you, but He has a reason for every decision He makes. Sometimes, this refusal can serve to protect us from unforeseen harm. Other times, it can be an opportunity for growth and learning new lessons. Remember that our understanding is limited, and God has a much broader perspective than ours. Accepting His will and trusting Him can lead us to a better future, even if we don’t immediately understand it.
While we trust in God’s decisions, one thing we do is remember that He has a perfect plan for our lives. Sometimes, it can be hard to understand why things don’t happen as we expect or why we face challenges and obstacles along the way. But by trusting in God, we can rest assured that He is working in every detail of our lives.
When God said no, we had to surrender the outcome to His wisdom.
Trusting in God involves letting go of control and allowing Him to take the helm. It means surrendering our own ideas and expectations and trusting that God has the knowledge and wisdom to guide our steps. By placing our trust in Him, we can find peace amidst the uncertainties and difficulties of life.
It’s important to remember that trusting in God doesn’t mean we won’t face trials or hardships. Life is filled with ups and downs; some of them are when God said no. By trusting in God, we know He is working all things for our good, even when we don’t understand the purpose behind our circumstances.
So, as we trust in God and His decisions, we can find comfort, hope, and strength in His infinite love and unwavering faithfulness. No matter what we face, we can trust that God is with us every step of the way. He will guide, strengthen, and uphold us even in the toughest times. May our trust always be placed in Him, and we will see His plans unfold beautifully in our lives.
Plus, I’ve got good news for us, Christian Woman!
God is immeasurably gracious, merciful, and compassionate. He understands our pain and bottles every single one of our tears. All those times when God said no, I thought it was because He didn’t find pleasure in me. But, that is not it and never has been it.
He knows how we feel when we are disappointed. He even knows how difficult it is at times to submit to His will. But He wants us to submit nonetheless.
Remember when Jesus was praying in the Garden and asked: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me“? I think Jesus wanted to demonstrate to us that we can talk to our Father about absolutely anything.
But, at the same time, He’s showing us we must always put His will before our own. That’s why He ended the prayer with, “Nevertheless, your will be done.”
God understands your disappointment and the grief that often follows His decisions. He listens, comforts, and promises to help you work through the sorrow. He’s there to help you one hundred percent of the time – in the “yes” seasons and in the “no” seasons, too.
And we know that in all things God works for the good those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
When God said no, I want you to remember to talk to Him. Bask in the comfort of the Psalms. Keep searching until you find one that soothes your soul. Then, cast your feelings, thoughts, and anguish on Him. He can handle it. He won’t fall apart because you’re unhappy with Him…nor will He love you any less.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
When God said no to me, Christian woman, it helped me to keep my environment praise-worthy.
I play worship music that soothes my spirit and feeds my faith. Try it. Then, watch God usher you through your life’s deepest, darkest times. His will is King, and so is His comfort and peace.
Finally, When God said no, I had to hang in there. God’s ways may be far above reaching, but His comfort is just a call away. He’s always close, ready to listen to your fears, your doubts, and your troubles. When it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, remember that He is a refuge, a safe haven, and a source of strength.
You can find solace in His presence, knowing that He walks beside you, guiding you through the storms of life. So don’t lose hope. Keep holding on, for the darkest nights often precede the most beautiful sunrises. Trust in God’s plan, for He has a purpose for every step of your journey.
In His time, He will bring you peace, joy, and restoration. Just keep your faith alive and persevere, for there is immense power in knowing that you’re never alone.
Don’t lose faith in God, my friend. Whenever life gets tough and everything seems impossible, just remember that faith can be like a flashlight in the dark, lighting up your way. When we go through hard times, it’s so easy to let fear and doubt creep into our hearts. But you know what? God has got your back, always there to guide and support you. He’s got a plan, even if we don’t always understand what that plan is. So, keep holding on to your faith!
Faith gives us the strength to keep moving forward, even when everything seems to be against us. It gives us hope that better days will come and helps us find comfort in moments of sadness and loneliness. Our faith is a constant reminder that we are not alone in this journey, and that we have a higher power taking care of us.
To submit it all up: When God said no to me…So, when you feel discouraged or lost, turn to your Father. Pray, meditate, find comfort in sacred words, and seek God’s guidance. Trust that He is listening to your prayers and that He will guide you on the right path. Remember that faith is a powerful gift that can illuminate your life, bring peace, and help you overcome any obstacle. Do not lose faith in God because you will never be alone with Him by your side.
When God said no, it helped me to remember these scriptures:
Matthew 26:39 New King James Version (NKJV)
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Psalm 56:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
Isaiah 55:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.