Sometimes God Says “No”

My sons invited some of their friends for a sleepover and they were laughing and wrestling when suddenly I heard the funniest yet profound thing. One of my sons kept asking his friend a question over and over and his friend kept saying “no.”

My son kept pestering him to point that the young boy turned to my son and asked, “Which part don’t you understand, the N or the O?”

We all began to laugh hysterically because of what he said and the way he said it – with clarity, certainty and humor.

As I think back to that incident, I am reminded of someone once saying that God answers our prayers with a yes, no or wait. God is definitely a prayer answering God and there will be prayers that He will say “no” to.

I don’t know which answers to prayer are harder to accept – the ones I have to wait on or the ones I know the Lord has said “no” to.

During one of my constant prayer requests for God to give me what I asked for, I knew the answer was going to be “no” when I read II Corinthians 12:9:

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…

The request was for something good, it just wasn’t good for me, at least not at the time. The Lord also showed me a beautiful scripture that has become one of my favorites:

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

Even though His answer was a “no,” He provided assurance if I delighted in Him, He would give me the desires of my heart. What I learned through this scripture is when I am delighting in the Lord, His desires become my desires and He gives them to me!

Whether God tells you to wait or He says “no” to your requests, rest assured God always knows what’s best for us and He always has a perfect will for each of us.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10


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