You know a child trusts his parents when the child accepts “No” for an answer without complaining, throwing a fit, copping an attitude, or making an argument. I’ve noticed with my own children, that the more they learn to trust me (even when they don’t know why), the closer we are, and the less I say “No” to them. If fact, the better the relationship, the more I want to give them everything!
This was such a great teaching tool about my relationship with God.
When God doesn’t answer my prayers the way I think He should, in other words, He says “No,” what is my reaction? When my reaction is to draw back from Him in disappointment or anger, this is a direct reflection of how far I am from Him. I’m clearly too far from Him to trust Him or to understand that His ways are better than mine!
When I am close to Him, my greatest delight is in my relationship with Him and my requests are less important that His presence. His Spirit draws me to pray for all the things I would pray for if I knew everything He knows. If my prayers are misguided and He says “No,” then there must be a good reason. Maybe the particular request will become more important to me than Him, and rob me of what is most precious!
In 1 Timothy 6, the Bible says that those who love anything more than God will “pierce themselves through with many sorrows.” (vs. 10) To prevent this, we are told: “flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (vs. 11) In pursuing God, we “take hold of that which is truly life.” (vs. 19) Anything we are given—riches, relationships, status, power—if not used for God’s glory—will pierce our hearts with sorrow. If God has told us “No,” it’s because He loves us. The closer we are to Him, the more our prayers are guided by His Spirit!
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