You have a prayer request or a great idea to do something totally amazing for God but when you talk to God about it He says that you shouldn’t do it. He answers your prayer with a NO. This can be difficult to deal with and most times when God answers no we go straight ahead and do the very thing God says we shouldn’t do in His Word or in answer to our prayers. We go ahead and start banging on the very door God has closed and try all we can to open it even if it means we have to break it down.
God wants the best for us. He did not withhold His Son when He knew that giving Jesus meant eternal life for us. When He says no we should trust Him because He wants the best for us and He knows what is best for us. If we are honest with ourselves, not accepting God’s no shows a lack of trust in Him and also shows that we love something else more than we love God. We can try to cover up our lack of trust and love of something or someone more than God by saying that we are doing what we are doing for God or even by “praising” God for the success we seem to get from doing it but as long as God said no, praising Him while doing it does not make it right.
Mark 5:1-20 tells the story of a demon-possessed man who was healed by Jesus. The man wanted to go with Jesus but despite his begging, Jesus did not let him.
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Mark 5:18 – 20 and Luke 8:26 – 39 (NIV)
The healed man wanted to go with Jesus but Jesus did not let him. Jesus gave the man instructions that were different from what the man’s request was and the man followed Jesus’ instructions. The man did not insist on his own way. He did not question Jesus as to why he could not go with Him. It would have been easy to think that it had something to do with him. Maybe Jesus was embarrassed to be seen with the man who previously used to be demon-possessed, living in the tombs and naked. That maybe Jesus was okay with having fishermen as His disciples but not a man who used to be demon-possessed. But this man chose to obey Jesus and he went and spread the good news about Jesus in his home area.
In our walk with God, it is not about us. It is about glorifying God by obeying Him and following His way instead of our way. When we obey God, we glorify Him and the reward is way better than what we would have gained by following our own way. So choose God’s way today. Choose the job He wants you to have not the one you think is best. Choose what God says yes to because He knows best.
God bless you!