When God Says “No”…? Part 2

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Podcasts, When God Says No...
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Welcome to me and I AM! i’m your host Dr. ed peterson and we’re in a series titled “When God Says “No.” Thanks for joining us.

There are those who believe that if i live righteously, i will never be attacked by the enemy. Others believe that if i don’t see an answer, i must be praying wrong, i must have opened the door to the devil, or there is sin in my life which hasn’t been confessed and repented for. Personally, i reject both those conclusions. There will be times when there is an unexplainable “no.” Ecclesiastes 9:11 (AMP) says “I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” Sometimes my life is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Verse 12 goes on to say, “For man also knows not his time [of death]: as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when [calamity] falls suddenly upon them.”

Examples of when God has said “no:”

  • One day life is grand for Job… then in that very same day Job lost all of his property, family and his health. Through 30 some chapters i read how his friends accuse him of lack of faith and un-repented sin. Finally God puts an end to it and asks, “Who are you to question what I do?”
  • Abraham, at 70, was promised he would be the “Father of Many Nations” which by the way is what his name meant. Then for 25 years it seemed as though God said “no.” Think about it, for 25 years introducing himself as “Father of Many Nations”. “How many children do you have?” “Well…, i have no children.”
  • Moses asked God to heal his sister, Miriam, of leprosy. God said “no,” she had to live outside the camp for a week before she was healed.
  • David prayed and fasted for seven days for the life of his son by Bathsheba, still the baby died, God said “no.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12 (Amp), Paul shares, Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” God said “no.”
  • And what about Jesus? Was He exempt? In Mark, Jesus faced the agony of the cross, taking on the sin of mankind and what must have felt like abandonment by His Father. Three times He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” God said “no.”

In every case, God heard the prayers but they were overruled. i have the right to object but He has the right to overrule. When God says no, what do i do? What am i supposed to do? i say yes to grace. His empowerment and my choice to surrender. It sounds simple but it’s much easier to sing about surrender than it is to live it, especially when His answer is no?

money,time,future,godIn another case the prophet Habakkuk shares his wisdom when experiencing a time when God said no. In Habakkuk 3:17&18, he said, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” When death, destruction, hurt, abandonment, etc., etc. comes to me what will i do? “Yet i will rejoice in the Lord, i will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Again thank you for joining me today. Tomorrow i’ll continue sharing my experience and the lessons learned regarding times “When God Says “No.”

Until then be blessed and live life intentionally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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