No is a simple word. It is only two letters, but to those on the receiving end it appears to be so much more. It is the thing that stands in between them and what they desire. When a child hears the word no they have a choice to make. They have a choice to head the advice or not. If they do not head the advice then they must be willing to suffer the consequences. The word no really has no power, the power lies within the consequences. The word no is a warning, a warning that sets a boundary. No is a word that is often times followed up by some sort of a qualifiers. No, you cannot do that right now, maybe later. No, that will hurt you. No, I don’t think it is appropriate right now. These types of no’s are typically easier to accept because they have at least an explanation and at times an understanding that a yes may follow at a later time.
Children when growing up have many things to learn and do not know what is good for them or what will cause them harm. They may see something they want and go after it with no regard to their safety or well-being. If they desire to have something they are not supposed to have, they will likely at some point in time or another go and get what they wanted. Children do not see the bigger picture, all they know is that they want something and do not understand why they cannot have it. Unfortunately adults are the exact same way. We have been conditioned to think that we need what we want rather than to think that what we want is not always what we need. It’s a matter of perspective. When we want something we begin to think that we need it and that we need it now, but just like our parents knew better when they told us no, God also knows better when He tells us no.
Perspective can get us into trouble because it does not allow us to see the bigger picture and sometimes we do not know just how close we are. It keeps us focused on what is right in front of us rather than all of the factors that may come into play. The first picture was taken from a very close perspective, but when the big picture is revealed we see so much more. What started out as “no” was really a much bigger statement, “Faith, without faith nothing is possible; with it, nothing is impossible”– Mary McLeod. Perspective revealed!
When God tells us “no” it is because there is a reason, there is a bigger picture to consider. McLeod’s quote is very similar to Hebrews 11:6 which states, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Likewise Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is a perspective changer because when we have faith in God and know that we have earnestly sought Him we can stand on the promise that He will reward us for it, however, sometimes no still means no and we must learn to accept that. Just like parents try to protect their children by saying no, God does the same thing. And just as children have a choice to make when they are told no, we do as well.
I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
God, our Father knows what we need and when we need it. When He says “no”, or “no, not yet”, there is a reason. He sees the big picture and knows exactly what is best for us. He is not focused on the immediate like we are because He knows our future. When He says “no”, or even “I need you to wait for a little bit” He is doing what is best for us and giving us a warning. When we don’t listen to Him we pay the consequences, because we did not head His advice. When we don’t listen we get hurt. Sometimes we may not realize that we have caused harm to ourselves, but eventually we will understand why God said no. BUT! When we do listen we can rest assured that He has plans to reward us because we sought Him and put our trust in Him. We can know that He has plans to prosper us because we are His children and He loves us deeply, all we have to do is to seek Him with all of our heart.
Learning to be content right where we are and to be thankful to God for the life that we have takes practice and practice we must. We must seek Him with all of our heart and trust that He will provide and will prosper us when we follow Him. Our perspective must turn away from the immediate desires of self and instead turn toward God who knows all. This is not an easy process. This takes time, practice, and a lot of failure. But when we fail we can know that God is right there to help us back up if we turn toward Him and entrust our lives to Him.
May God bless you today as you seek Him with all of your heart.
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