RISE AND SHINE CHRISTIAN SERVICES
March 1, 2009
"Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
When God Says No!
If it were a good thing, God would not have said no. Either the timing is wrong or He has something better for you. Gratitude comes when you realize what could have happened but didn't because God intervened. So stop trying to break loose from the loving grip of the One Who holds you for your own protection.
David wrote, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" Psalm 23:1. A shepherd leads you, feeds you and protects you. What a picture - God watching over you 24/7. Like a lifeguard at the beach, to save you He will interrupt the festivities, risk embarrassing you in front of your friends and maybe even bruise a rib or two. That's because He loves you too much to let you drown in the thing you think is so good for you.
Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, says, "If God had said yes to all my prayer requests I'd have married the wrong man - several times." Listen: "Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass" Psalm 37:5. What you are bitter about today you'll bless your Heavenly Father for tomorrow. Mark Twain said that when he was 14 years old, his father was so ignorant Mark could hardly stand him. But by the time he was 21 he was amazed how much the old man had learned in 7 years. Hello! The more mature you become the more you'll begin to see how loving and wise your Heavenly Father is, and the more you'll trust Him.
( Is it not surprising that a 'No' has changed our life and when we look back, we feel what a great thing God has said in our mind a BIG NO, which made our life so meaningful and better? !!!!)
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