I used to stand against God for not giving me what I wanted, even though I had prayed hard for it.  I believe some people are in the same boat as me.  If you can relate to this, bear with me…

I am pretty sure we all know how God answers prayer: ‘YES’, ‘WAIT’, ‘NO’.  I’m also sure how we respond to those answers. We will be very happy and giving thanks; saying that God is so good to us for giving us a ‘YES’ answer. And when God says ‘WAIT’, we tend to start questioning more; anxious; some might give up; some might respond in a more positive way by doing more prayer and having more faith. What about the ‘NO’ answer? Will you be discouraged, bitter, or angry?


As I mentioned above, I used to confront God when He said ‘NO’ to my prayer. I used to be very angry, heartbroken, and pretend I didn’t hear His answer. Until I had my process, I was so broken, and molded. Then I started to see things differently.


I learned that God is not stopping me from getting what I want. He is not holding his answers to my prayers. He loves to answer all prayers.


Trust him, my soul!

I learned that God knows what he is doing. If God wants a door to open, surely it will open, and no one can stop it. When I pray, believe, and stand in faith, but the door doesn’t seem to open, I should take it as a sign from God that it is not his best plan for me.

Trust him, my soul!

I learned that God may close the door because I believe too small. It might because what I want limits what he wants to do in my life. Or it is not the right time. There might be other people are going to be involved in my plans, and they are not ready yet, or I am the one who is not ready yet, and if God opens the door now, it won’t work out.

Trust him, my soul!

I learned that if I am going to trust God, I have to be content with his answer, either ‘Yes’, ‘Wait’, or ‘No’. How often do I say that I trust God, yet am only happy if God does it my way and to my timetable?  Trusting him is also trusting his heart and agenda.

Trust him, my soul!

I am writing this to remind myself that I am committed to follow his agenda and not my own. I just got another closed door on my studies.  My flesh is badly disappointed by this, especially when I remember how other people invested their time to help me get onto this course.

But I train my soul to be content.  Let my spirit be reminded of The Divine Thwarter who keeps me on his track, since he has my best interests at heart.

God who opens doors will also close doors to save me from the wrong path. I thank him for those closed doors, as I know they will help me to find the right one.

For those who find it difficult when you get the ‘NO’ answer, I pray that the Lord will grant you a content heart and more understanding. Trust him!

For my Thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, 
declares the Lord. 
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, 
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Stay courageous,

 

0 thoughts on “The Divine Thwarter

  1. Hai Filia, maybe we don't know each other but I'd like to know you more 🙂 namaku Jerni Tania, dan mau nanya-nanya beberapa hal, boleh gak? Kalo gak ngerepotin buat jawabnya hehe.
    Aku masukin keyword DTS YWAM dan beberapa kali, muncul nama kamu. Akhirnya blogwalking tau kamu jg pernah ikut DTS Filipine ya?
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    Makasih banyak buat info dan jawabannya ya Fillia. Maju terus buat pelayanannya. Siapa tau bs tatap muka sama kamu one day. You may contact me to my email address : jtanea@gmail.com (if you don't mind). Thanks ya. God bless you

  2. Hi Fillia, it is lovely to meet you and discover your blog. I found it via The Peony Project. What a great blog post! I can relate and yes, it is difficult to accept those NO answers; but it is comforting knowing that He knows best and His will is better than ours.

  3. Hi Summer, thank you for stopping by. Yes I agree with you. Those Nos seem so hurting, but knowing He takes control and He promises a better ways are enough. Stay blessed there!

  4. Disappointment is such a horrible thing. We think we are going in the right direction and the door shuts. We may never understand. Praying for wisdom as you seek His direction for your life

    Marie
    spreading-joy.org

  5. I mean,"trust him my soul" is a profound phrase! It needs to be spoken outloud at times and at other times, in a whisper. I needed this encouragement today. To have these four words on repeat. Thank you for this post.

  6. One of my favorite books on the power of prayer is The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. He goes into some of the things you talk about here. Prayer is such a faith journey, isn't it?

  7. This is spot on! God has closed many doors in my life when I wanted so badly for them to be opened, but I look back and know He was protecting me. Others still don't quite make sense to this human heart and mind, but I trust Him anyway. He knows what He is doing! 🙂

  8. This has always been a tough lesson for me, but what I have learned thus far it that God created us so He knows what's best for us. I have learned to cling to the fact that He wants what is best for my life regardless of the answer! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Our soul can easily distracted by other voices such as doubts, worries, insecurities…and else. You are right, it needs to be spoken outloud every now and then. Thanks for reading it Anna. xx

  10. Yes, faith journey. That sounds like an interesting book to read. Thanks for mentioning it here. I might browse it and see if I could afford to buy it. Lol. xx

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