When God Says No

Too often when things don’t go our way, or we didn’t get something we think we deserved, we are quick to get upset and blame God.

We harp on the why nots and how come or how could he? The truth is that No that you received was actually a blessing.

We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. With a touch of a button, you can turn on your car, post to thousands of people, fast gratification is what is in now.

In case you didn’t know, God doesn’t work like that. He never gives you anything before you are ready. When you ask God for something, are you actually ready to receive it?

Seriously, ask yourself:

I want a husband, are you ready to have a husband?

I want a new car, can you afford a new car?

I want a baby, are you ready to put yourself aside for your child?

I want a bigger house, are you taking care of the smaller house you’re in?

How come things can’t change, are you changing anything about your life to make this happen?

You see, when we ask God for things, are we really ready to receive them?

I came across a post on Facebook and it read, ” I wish God would sit down and just tell me what he wants me to do.” My response to that was, if he did, would you actually do it? Or since you know what he wants and will give you, will you continue to do your own thing?

When God would tell me no, I used to get so upset. So upset that it would steal my joy, my laughter, my outlook on the rest of my life. I actually would get mad at God. I look back now and think THANK YOU!! It was all immaturity.

I say that because if I had honestly gotten what I wanted then, I wouldn’t have even known what to do with it. If he had given me that boyfriend, that job, that extra car I thought I wanted, I’d be sad with a low income and an extra payment thinking to myself, how did I get here. Seriously, I asked for it.

Remember God does things in his timing, not ours. HE works on his time table. When HE feels you are ready, you will receive it, and not a moment sooner.

So until he is ready for you to have what you think you want, enjoy your singleness, enjoy your marriage, enjoy what you have going on right now. Enjoy your friendships, your free time. Those things are really a blessing. To be able to look at life on the more positive I haves instead of the negative I don’t have, that’s a real blessing.

Enjoy your moment now, and ask God what can you do for him, life will change and only for the better.

Be blessed.

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  1. lmbadmin1

    You are so so right! So many times we can’t see past our “want” to what that want really means. It’s difficult at times but we have to trust He knows best

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  2. Edith

    You’re right, Crystal! We need to trust God’s judgment and savour what He gives us now because, as you pointed out, some of the things we’re pining for now aren’t right for us now or even ever. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Kathleen

    Great post and so true. I know that if I don’t get what I ask for it’s for a good reason. I just became a Christian 2.5 years ago and I often wish I had been raised Christian and had raised my children Christian because it’s hard now being the only one BUT I realize that God has been calling me for years and I just refused to listen until I was READY.

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  4. Jane

    I can’t think of too many times in my life where God said no. The hardest one however was when I was a kid and my dad got sick and passed suddenly. My whole family prayed so hard and he still died. I was so angry in the beginning. But 15 years later, I see it as the opportunity that it was. I still believe that God will always give you something in return for your grief. Something good ALWAYS comes from something bad. If you can’t think of anything then you’re not looking hard enough… and sometimes it takes a bit of time for the good to show up….

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    • Crystal Shea

      Very well stated. I continue to try and find the good in everything. Although at times my patience gets the best of me because I always seem to try to work on my time not Gods.
      Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

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  5. Sydney Meek

    I love this! Sometimes God’s “no” means “wait” or “not yet”! It’s so hard for us to see that though, because we can’t and won’t ever have the same view of our lives as Him. I like how you mentioned getting mad at God. Sometimes if things don’t go my way I literally throw a tantrum in a prayer to Him lol, but His plan is always so much better. Thanks for this reminder!

    Sydney Meek | meeklyloving.wordpress.com

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    • Crystal Shea

      I’ve learned that God wants us to talk to him about everything. Mad, sad, upset, happy, joyful etc. I didn’t always think that though. Maturity in my relationship with God is what I call it. He really does have so much more for us then we could ever imagine.

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  6. Juanita Deloris

    Great reminder. I think we have to be careful not to take on a spirit of entitlement. I have seen this in Christians, and it is not pretty. They believe that because they were “good people” they should have had this or that, and they blame God for not giving it to them. They blame God for the condition of their lives and refuse to accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions – which are directly connected to what they do not like about their lives.

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    • Crystal Shea

      Yes. God sets boundaries for us to protect us. Our job is to do good because that’s what God wants us to do. Not to expect anything. The reward in heaven is much greater than anything earthly.

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  7. dewberryauthor

    I loved this post! We do live in an instant gratification society and if we don’t get what we want, we have to blame someone. I, too, used to feel much like you, wanting to know why God said “no” to what I wanted. I realize it’s not about what I want, but what God wants for me. Great post!

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  8. rachaelstray

    Really enjoyed this post. I think people forget that you are supposed to have faith. After the darkest days comes the dawn, the light. That’s why hindsight is such a beautiful thing. A path you take might lead to hardship but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

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  9. pocketsfullofdaisies

    I’m not particularly religious anymore but find a lot of religions interesting to learn about. I live a good life and help anyone when I can. A lot of people can be impatient and jealous of others, I imagine everyone at some point in their lives but letting go of these desires and the need to compete can bring a lot of peace x

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  10. ricejm77gmailcom

    What’s really awesome (sarcasm) is when God gives you something you want, and it’s just to take you through a trial in your life. “Count it all joy…”

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  11. Verskil

    Every word on this post is so true. I learnt about this a while ago. It’s so easy to get mad and ask why nothing is working out but everything truly works in our own favour. His timing is the best.

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  12. anewwivestalecom

    Love this, and you are so right! When we get ahead of God we usually end up in a situation we don’t want to be in. I’ve seen this in my own life, and the consequences can be terrible. However, God is so good and he will work everything together in time. Patience is essential, thanks for the reminder!

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  13. Lureta

    Trusting God’s timing is not always easy. We like quick fixes, our way. But I’m so grateful God is not like that. He sees beyond our sight line and He works not just for now but for our GOOD at all times.
    Blessings Crystal. Great post!

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  14. Michelle Gelineau

    I think we sometimes believe the lie that we can’t trust God and that He doesn’t have our best interests in mind. We can doubt His plans and try to put ourselves in charge. This is a great reminder. “For I know the plans I have for you.” We have to believe in His plans for us.

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  15. MyVeteranWoman

    Sometimes we have to remember that when God doesn’t open the doors we ask of him, he is trying to tell us that door isn’t what we need. You have to really listen to what he IS saying or pushing you towards because there is something much better waiting!

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