It is a paramount necessity for us to realize God’s timing is greater than ours, and He is greater than us. Many times in life we try to force, ignore, avoid, look over (you get my point) things… when instead we should seek God and His heart for the decisions we are making and the direction we are going. The enemy will (and is going to) try to sneak in, through your weaknesses, and convince you of anything that will throw a kink in you glorifying God.
God has never failed you, and He won’t start now. Seek Him. He answers prayers in three ways: yes, no, and I have something better in mind. Listen to Him, and trust that He has a grand plan!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
Let’s be honest… we all like the ‘yes’ answer, because ‘yes’ is easy to do. Typically, it (the yes) doesn’t cause change or a leap from the comfort zone. Yes, go ahead. Yes, sounds good. Yes, you’re right. Yes, is good to hear. Fact of the matter is, yes is not always the best answer.
The ‘no’ and ‘I have something better’ is bound to come your way.
No can mean no. No can mean not now. No can vary when being defined, every situation is different. When God asks you to give something up, He isn’t trying to take something from you; He’s trying to give you something better. Don’t try to take control of the situation, you’ll end up deeply unsatisfied. Instead, give it to God. Place it in His hands. Allow Him to lead you and take control. When God gives you a ‘no’, He is protecting you from less than His best – be thankful! God closes doors because it’s time to move forward. He knows your heart and knows that there is going to be times that you will not move forward unless circumstances force you to do so. God closes doors to protect you from things. God closes doors that are supposed to be opened at a later date. You are not always ready when you think you are.
[ Lo note: If you’re anything like me you push feelings, hurt, etc. to the side. STOP! Things have to be taken care of, and taken care of the right way. Sometimes there is healing that needs to take place, and heart changes that need to be made in order to reach your full potential in God’s calling. Don’t dwell on the past, but deal with it. Deal with it God’s way! ]
There are numerous reasons God could be giving you a no…
You may not always understand God’s plan for you (actually there is no way you will), but accept and trust them; because His decisions are far better than yours. You may not be able to fully pursue His kingdom if you stay at the level of comfort you’re in. Allow yourself to get uncomfortable. Put your trust in God and He will guide you. He’ll lead you where He’s called you to be and soon enough you’ll be in awe, thanking Him. Jesus always has the best outcome, those of which we could never imagine!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Personal story: Sarah and I are really good friends. I mean really, really good friends. The kind of friends who just know… we know when something is wrong, when something is right, when the other needs a hug, when the other needs space, and so on. This wasn’t always the case though. Back it up! Sarah and I met (well kinda) through Facebook, yes I said Facebook.
Sarah: So I know this is super random and hopefully you’re not creeped out haha but I’ve heard how inspiring you are from other people and I just thought I should let you know how awesome and encouraging your faith is. The light of the Lord shines through you in amazing ways – I hope you know that!
Lauren: Ahh thank you for messaging me. You are the sweetest, that just made my week! Living a life that glorifies God isn’t always the easiest or ‘coolest’ thing, but in reality it is cool! God loves us! He loves me. He loves you. He loves us despite our flaws and sins and is continually pouring out love and grace over us!
Honestly, after the tornado I was tired, tired of random messages. I had stopped responding. But something (God) told me to respond, so I did.
First came dinner, then came besties. A few weeks later we met in Georgia, at Six Flags, and had a blast! That was just confirmation that this friendship was meant to be. We just knew it was the God sent friendship that we had both been praying for. Weeks later, we went to MOTION Conference together. Wow, God moved. He rocked our world. Then, what we never saw coming hit us in the face. Sarah and I went through a season where we could not be friends. Trusting that God knew what He was doing during this time wasn’t always easy, matter of fact it wasn’t easy at all. Especially when we had no level of patience and wanted to take matters into our own hands which obviously caused more trouble. We fought, we cried, we would awkwardly stare, we ignored, we pleaded, we did it all… Well what we thought was everything we could do. We did everything but, surrender. We hadn’t given our friendship to God. He was teaching us a lot of things through this season. He taught us not to listen to the lies of the enemy. He told us not to have selfish tendencies, that we are called to put others first. He taught us that it’s so important not to stay in a place of comfort, however it is important to have a friend that holds you accountable and knows almost everything about you. He’s taught us community. That no matter how much we try and push people away, we’ll come to a dead end…a realization. He knows we can’t do life alone, He designed the world that way. Our God is a God of relationships and He places people in our lives at a specific time for a specific reason. It’s up to Him whether that person stays or not. The list goes on… but, I truly believe a paramount thing God was teaching us both was to trust His timing. We weren’t ready to be friends. We both needed to grow closer to the Lord. We both had personal issues and pain that needed to be taken care of.
No worries guys! We are the best of friends again! It started on Facebook, now we’re here!
Now, once again, we can say this is a God sent friendship. Just this time we can glorify God’s kingdom through it. The timing is right.
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed. (Isaiah 49:23)
The way I think we (as girls) should interpret this: She who trusts the Lord will never be disappointed.
Encouragement: Chase after God and His heart for you – so that in turn you will reach the full potential He has for you!
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11)
Prayer: Lord, I pray that each day I will walk with a new boldness and confidence. Set a burning desire inside of me to seek you, and you only. I want to know your plans, guide me. I want to know your heart, show me. I trust you, your plan for my life, and your timing for the calling you have placed on me. I rebuke every lie the enemy is telling me and declare victory over the things I’m doing that are going to glorify your kingdom.
In Jesus name, Amen