Some Times God’s Answer Is “No.”

Yesterday, Holli and I had to go the grocery store. As we were checking out, I quickly browsed the magazines at the check-out stand. One of them was a relatively new Christian magazine. It had a picture of a young Olympic gymnast on it and the headline read, “God will always make a way.”
Ok, I know that phrase has been around for years. Back in the ninetie’s there was a popular musical entitled “God With Us.” I think that musical had a song that went;
“God will make a way,
Where there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we cannot see..
He will make a way for me.”
Before I go any farther, I believe in the omnipotence of God. I believe that God can do miracles. But as I read that headline, I thought, “Is that theologically right?’
Yeah, I know it sells magazines… that’s why it’s on the cover of that magazine. But does God ALWAYS make a way?
You remember King David? David wanted to build the temple but God told him no. He said his son Solomon would do it.
Moses very likely wanted to enter the promised land with Israel but God told him no. Instead, Moses died and he was buried on Mt. Nebo.
Paul wanted to go into Mysia and they were trying to go into Bithynia but “the Spirit of Jesus would not permit them” (Acts 16:8).
So, does God ALWAYS make a way? I don’t know if that’s true. Now, in our day of health and wealth theology, we may want it to be true. But at times, God says “No.” How do we handle it when God says “No?” We accept it. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about us. But sometimes, the answer is “No.”
Maybe you have been praying for something but God has said, “No.” Maybe you have wanted a job promotion but God has said, “No.” That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us or care for us. But that wasn’t God’s will for us.
Part of our Christian maturity is learning to accept “No” from God. When that happens, we don’t throw a tempter tantrum. We don’t stop going to church. We just accept that our loving God still loves us and cares for us.

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