When I pray for something and I don’t hear from God, I just keep on praying hoping He’ll answer. The answer I am expecting is the one I’ve already imagined or created in my mind. So whenever I didn’t get “my version” of an answer from God, I have this tendency to think that my prayer is not yet answered. I wait and pray a little more. Until I am tired of waiting, I do it on my own. And when I do it on my own, I will always end up miserable, unhappy, discontented. That’s when I’d realize that God has already answered me with a “NO”.
Sometimes, we keep looking for an answer. We rationalize our circumstances even if it already suggests a “no” from God or often times even if His Words are clear, we ignore it. We want what we want, no matter what, no matter how. We cannot accept a “NO”.
As I go deeper in the Word of God, I now understand that accepting no for an answer is allowing God to give what’s best for me according to His will and standard, not mine. It is accepting His plans to prosper and not to harm, to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). In other words, He knew best. He always does.
Lord, thank You that you don’t always answer my prayers with a “yes”. Teach me to trust You in all aspect of my life and with gladness, accept whenever You answer me with a “no” knowing that you want what’s best for me. Amen.