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When God Answers "No"...

2 Samuel 12:16-19 (NLT) 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. 18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?” 19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Matthews 26:39 (NLT) 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” We learned based on Scripture how we can receive what we ask for in Jesus' name. We learned what praise and worship does in us and around us while we wait for an answer. We also noted that God is sovereign and omniscient, therefore His answer to a prayer might be different than what we imagined. We also understand that when we live for His will, we will want what He wants. With that in mind, we will receive His will because we pray in alignment with His Will. Sometimes, as I mentioned in a previous post, our hearts cannot fathom to hear a "no" from God. Sometimes these "no's" can hurt or make us bring up arguments before the Lord as to why it should be our way. Why should I receive this job offer? Why should I get married now? Why should this relationship work? Why should I have this house now? Why should I be healed now? We are fast to question the Lord, and neglectful in pausing our emotions to bask in the goodness of His "no's." King David fasted for 7 days, begging God to spare His newborn's life. He came boldly before the Lord, knowing that God is merciful and full of grace. He fasted with unwavering faith, convinced that God could heal his son and allow him to live. As you probably know, God did not change His mind, and the child died. Instead of David continuing to plead with the Lord, he ended the fast, got cleaned and dressed and went to the temple to worship the Lord. Before being betrayed and arrested, Jesus prayed that He could avoid the suffering that was to come. In His first prayer, He asked that the cup of suffering could be taken away, but asked for the Father's will to be done. Jesus prayed two more times, but instead, prayed: “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done (Matt. 26:42)." Right after Jesus' third prayer, He was betrayed and arrested; we see that the cup was not taken away from Him. Jesus stayed in the Father's will and drank the cup of suffering. As humans, we can argue that God could have given David another chance. We can remind Him of His grace and His mercies. We can even say that the child is not at fault for David's sin! All true statements! We can also make an argument for Jesus. We always seem to have the answer as to why things should or should not happen. Our fear to lose something or someone, to wait, to pass a "perfect" opportunity, etc., can hinder our process and purpose. David's loss, made way for the blessing of a son: Solomon, also known as Jedidiah, which means "beloved of the Lord." As we know, Solomon was chosen by the Lord to succeed David as king. Solomon also had wisdom that surpassed that of many before and after him. He is also the man God chose to build the temple of the Lord. During Solomon's 40 year reign, Israel lived in peace and unity. Jesus' cup of suffering and His obedience, brought victory to all humanity. Hebrews 2:9-10 says it like this: 9 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation." Now, let me share with you my own testimony of one of God's No's in my life. Several years ago, I applied for what I thought was a great opportunity at this place I worked for. It would be a promotion plus I'd get to work closely with several organizations in the community. Not to mention all the great perks that came with this promotion! I had years of work and educational experience, management loved me and so does my Father so why wouldn't I get this awesome opportunity? I prayed, got prepared for the interview and I felt more than confident that this position was mine! Then the news came that they hired someone else for this position!!!! What??? I was sooo upset! I took a break and went before the Lord to ask why and let Him know that this wasn't fair. I went home and got with the Lord and told Him how I felt (some more), and then left it in His hands. I told Him: "You know more than I do and why everything happens. Thank You for my current job, I know You'll open the right door for me." Well, a couple of weeks passed, and the person hired mentioned that management made the decision to cut the hours for this position. Only 15 hours a week, with some other restrictions. Needless to say, the person was frustrated because they now needed to keep their previous job to make ends meet. I was so humbled before the Lord after this. God saved me from a serious pay cut among other things. Praise be to God for not allowing me to be hired for this position! I continued working in my position and God allowed more responsibilities to come my way. God caused management to look favorably on to me, and so they offered me a position at a new state-contracted program. I did not have to apply and interview! Management had me in mind for the position! Wow! What a God we have! Everything I wanted (and a lot more) from the position I didn't get, I got with this position that was handed to me. Has God ever failed? Never! But we have to trust Him. Hand everything over to God. Don't assume that you know what's best for you and what God thinks or wants because sometimes, we will have no clue what's up God's sleeve. Sometimes we won't know what and how He's working. Stop holding on to things that aren't allowing you to feel His peace. Let go and pray; let go and praise; let go and wait. I've quoted this before and I'll quote it again: 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts (Is. 55:8-9, NLT)." When God says no, there's something better for you in store. Maybe you're asking: "what could be better than what I'm asking for?" I say, go before the Lord your God and ask Him. Ask Him and He will answer you. Be open to receiving what He wants for you and you will surely find it blesses you and glorifies Him. 2 Samuel 12:13-24 (NLT) 13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.” 15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. 18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?” 19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” 20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate. 21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.” 22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.” 24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded. Matthew 26:36-46 (NLT) 36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” Romans 5:1-11 (NLT) 5 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. 6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Hebrews 2:11-15 (NLT) 11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. 12 For he said to God, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people.” 13 He also said, “I will put my trust in him,” that is, “I and the children God has given me.” 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. This is for You! Your sister, Jay