Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:16-18
Somehow we have being inculcated with a kind of mind set that says “never accept no as an answer.” True as this maybe, it is not always applicable in all issues especially in relation to God. It may be hard to believe or even agree that God can say no to our request, but experience and scripture has shown that God can say no to some of our request. I know it is hard to live in hope when He says a firm No to our desperate request. How would you feel when you ask God to let your baby live, but He says to you “move on with only her memory and hope of seeing in Heaven”. You asked Him to save your marriage, but He is asking you to raise your children amidst the marital crisis. You asked Him to let your loved one live, He is asking you to live without the one you told Him you can live without. Those of us who have experienced such will understand the pain of what it means for God to say No. You may be asking God to heal you of a disease but He is asking you to live each day for Him in spite of the ailment, even when the medical bill stretches your financial budget terribly. With such condition it is really hard to appreciate the biblical truth that “Jesus loves you”. The truth is Jesus’ love for you can define your life even when God says No. You may not recover from the sickness, your child may never come back to live, Life won’t quit hurting , but neither will Jesus quit caring, if only you can trust Him, He will show His glory even when He says No to that particular request. There are various reasons why God can say No to our requests. First, God has something far greater in store for you. Mary and Martha wanted Jesus to heal Lazarus, but He had resurrection in mind. God’s “No” is not rejection, but redirection. God said “no” to David’s desire to build a temple (2 Sam 7). David heard the Lord’s “no” and quietly accepted it without resentment. That’s awfully hard to do. But we find in David’s final recorded words a life-sized portrait of a man after God’s own heart.
God’s “no” isn’t punishment, its preparation. St. Paul writing to the Romans says, “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”God’s “No” will sometimes bring greater glory to God (Rom. 5: 2a-5). God’s “No” opens the door to an adventure with God. ( 1 Kings 19). Elijah prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life. I am no better than my ancestors.” God said “no” because He had an adventure planned for him!
God says No when to say yes would bring us unforeseen harm as His children. God hears all our prayers and, in one sense, He answers all our prayers. But we do not always receive what we ask for. When we ask God for something, the response will be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ or ‘Wait’. .Man or woman of God should respond to His “God’s no” with praise, thanksgiving, and intercession. You see, when God says no to us when we pray, it can happen for several reasons. But most often He says no because He has a greater purpose in mind for His glory and our good. So trust God with His answers to your prayers and pray continually—even when God has said no in the past.
MASS: GREEN/RED/WHITE 2 Cor 11:1-11; Ps 111:1b-2.3-4.7-8(R.7a); Accl. Rom 8:15bc; Mt 6:7-15 ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA, B. / SS JOHN FISHER, B. & THOMAS MORE, M. (OptMem)
1. Thank God for His Word today
2. Ask for grace to accept His will in all things
3. Take this declaration seriously, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth, My soul shall make its boast in the Lord. I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me and save me out of all my fears. I cried out to the Lord, and He heard me and saved me out of my troubles. Many are my afflictions, but the Lord delivers me out of them all. He redeems my soul, and I have placed my everlasting trust in Him”.
Exercise: Spend some quite time with the Lord today meditating on His enormous love for you.
Meditation: James 4:3