Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: II Corinthians 2:9-11
But, as it is written, “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
I think most would agree that it’s hard to hear the answer “no.” Because of sin, we have natural tendencies towards selfishness and pride, which can make it difficult to be told no. But how do we handle the no’s or not-yet’s from God?
Just like the passage from II Corinthians, “no one comprehends the thoughts of God,” in Isaiah 55:9, God says “so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” It is first important to remember that we don’t see the same big picture that God does! Therefore, we need to focus on who God is (faithful, good, righteous, kind, wisdom, etc). If we believe the Bible to be true and without error, then all that is in it is true and can never false. So if the Bible says God is kind, he is always kind; not cruel. When it says he is trustworthy, he is always trustworthy. Even when we don’t understand what he is doing.
When I consider this, I think of Joseph, Esther, or Daniel…who endured great trials. God didn’t immediately change their circumstances, even despite any prayers they likely prayed. He kept them in the situation, helped them endure, and used the situation to demonstrate His character. Joseph had no idea if he’d ever be let out of prison or ever see his family again, Daniel had no idea or guarantee he’d survive the lions, Esther had no guarantee that the king would show her honor and grace. The seasons of waiting and struggling can be (and usually are) the seasons when God will show Himself good to us in ways that we don’t expect. Our trust in Him, in these times, will be a powerful testimony to all around us.
Hopefully, as you look back at some past “no/not-yet” prayers, you can clearly testify to God’s goodness towards you, in those situations. Let that affirm your faith for your present! He didn’t fail you back then, He won’t fail you now. Another consideration is that it might just be that the Lord will say “no” in order to bring forth a new vision, a new job, a new blessing…something you can’t yet see but will amaze and bless you when it comes. Lastly, regarding the present “no/not-yet” prayers that burden your heart, let me encourage you to not give up praying! The Lord encourages and welcomes your enduring, persevering prayers and can be trusted with your heart. He listens and sees you…after all, he promises to work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28).
- Mindy Hocking
Question to consider this week: What adjustments may Jesus be asking you to make to your current rhythms this week?
Take a few minutes to journal today: Is there anything you are praying for where God has said “no/not-yet”? What steps will you take and how will you choose to live in faith and patience trusting that He will provide at the right time and in the right way?
Prayer: Jesus, You are good! Help me to choose faith, and to trust that you know what I need and when I need it. Help me to be led by you. Make me aware when I am out of step with Your Spirit and guide me back to You. Amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Mindy is a C&MA International Worker from Snohomish, WA. She has lived in Canada, Germany, and Mexico. Red Thai curry is her favorite.
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