GOD MAY SAY NO
2 Corinthians 12:6-10 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
There are times when God will say No to our requests. However fervent you pray or however melodramatic you go about it, God enjoys the prerogative to say No from time to time.
Not when he had said yes and we need to take a step to unveil the manifestation.
Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
2 Samuel 12:16-18 David begged God to spare the life of the baby Bathsheba had for him, but God declined.
It is for us to ask and it is for God to answer. When you recognise God as a father, you’ll understand why He needs to decline your request occasionally.
Sometimes, instead of relief, the situation may be escalated to further discomfort.
Noah in the ark: Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
Hosea 2:6-8 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
Paul had become an apostolic superstar. He was asking for others and God was granting the requests, but for him, on this particular issue, God said no.
The plan of God is not primarily to give us things but to effect a change in us.
We rely on the Spirit of God to help us when the chips are down. Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Why does God say No?
Motivated by His love for us.
To bring something good out of our discomfort.
To redirect our focus to Him Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Deuteronomy 8:13-14 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
To await the appropriate time.