“There are four ways God answers prayer: No, not yet; No, I love you too much; Yes, I thought you’d never ask; Yes, and here’s more” – Anne Lewis
Ps 116:1 – “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my
supplications. 2) Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live”.
Recently, a Pastor told me that a man in his church wanted to work for a consulting team, but did not get the assignment. He really wanted the job and couldn’t understand why he was denied the position. His questioning stopped at 9:38am, on September 11th, when American Airlines Flight 77, made its murderous plunge into the west side of the Pentagon. All on board the plane and several on the ground were killed, including the entire consulting team that this man would have been a member of, if he had gotten the job that he wanted. His life was saved by a “No”.
We often say that God ‘answered’ our prayer, when we get what we want from God. But in reality a “No” or “Not Yet” from God, is just as much an answer to prayer as a “Yes” is.
Do you feel that God is saying “No” or “Not Yet” in response to your prayers? Remember: He sees the end from the beginning and He might be saving you from a disaster.
As Psalms 116:1&2 tells us, our love for the Lord should be based on the fact that He inclines His ear towards us and hears our voice. God always answers in a way that is for our highest and best good. Our love should not be based on whether or not we get what we want from God. Access to the ‘Throne of God’ and the privilege to call on Him for as long as we live, are reasons enough to love Him.
Corrie ten Boom said, “When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through.”
When things are dark and you can’t see where you’re at or where you’re going, trust the ‘Engineer’, because He’s engineering your life for the good.
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