You pray hard. You utter your declarations every day and every night. You believe. You put your faith in it. You joyfully wait. You wait with expectancy. But when “God will make a way when there’s seems to be no way” hasn’t been granted and “fighting the good fight of faith” didn’t work, when we face no for an answer and experience trials we don’t seem to understand, these verses are a good reminder to keep us going.
1. “This is the message from the one who is holy and true. He has the key that belonged to David, and when He opens a door, no one can close it, and when He closes it, no one can open it.” Revelation 3:7
In this verse, we can see that God is a sovereign God. He can open a door or close it. He is in control. This verse gives us the assurance that as God’s children, when God chose to close a door for us, it’s for the good. He knows what’s best for us, He has great plans for us and He will close anything that will hinder us to achieve that. We can believe that when God closed a door, where we are at that moment is much safer than stepping inside of that door, though we may not understand it at first.
2. Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” John 13:7
When I receive no for an answer, I can’t help but ask why. Why me? I serve You Lord, why not me? What’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with my prayers?
But God is holy. He will not allow His people to suffer unnecessarily because He is good.
HE IS GOOD.
And God knows better. The most powerful thing we can do is to trust God when we don’t understand.
3. “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
We wonder how something good can come up with our situation. We don’t know how, but He will make all things work together for our good. He says “all” so it includes the good, the bad and the ugly.
It’s like cooking a dish. Every ingredient has to be in it. The sweet ones, the sours, and sometimes even those we think are insignificant ingredients that we wonder what for. But when the dish was finished, you will know that the dish is superb and those insignificant ingredients became a garnish that made the dish more delectable. Every ingredient should be mixed up to make it really, really good.
4. “To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 AMP
I will never forget these words: beauty for ashes. Turning a mess into a message. Only God is capable of doing that. He has His own special ways of bring something good out of a very bad situation. I believe that we experience sufferings and no answers for a purpose. If we put on a good attitude about it, God will allow our story to help and bless others. In the end, for God’s people, their sufferings will bring God much glory and honor in His name. He will be glorified.
I once asked God, why me? I’ve been waiting for this certain prayer to be answered but still, heaven was silent. When He finally answered, it was a no and He made it final. So I asked Him. Why me, God? But God is so gracious and loving that He understands our weak moments. He said to me, “you have a higher calling”.
“When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?” The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD sits on His throne in heaven.” Psalms 11:3-4
David didn’t answer his question with an answer. He answered it with a declaration. The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD sits on His throne in heaven and though sometimes we don’t understand, we can rest in knowing these simple yet profound truths: He knows and He loves us.
When you got your prayer answered and it’s a “no”, don’t give up. Dream a new dream. Pray. Believe again. You may get another “no” but trust that whatever happens, God will make sure it’s for the best.