“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.” Proverbs 16:1
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer for all of us; is that we will come to truly accept God’s will for our lives, even if His response is no!
You know…life can seem much worse at times, when God’s answer or response is no. We pray and pray…hoping that He will agree with our plans and desires; but sometimes that just doesn’t happen…and when things don’t work out, in the way we expect them to; then we begin to feel forsaken and abandoned by God…and why…because we are too much in tune with what we feel should happen, rather than His reason for saying no.
As I look back on the very difficult times of my life…I remember begging God over and over again, to remove the painful moments of surgeries and the past from my life. I have to admit…that there were many times, when I felt let down and forsaken by God…but like I just said…it was because I was focusing on what I wanted at the time, rather than looking beyond what I felt should be; to truly see what His desire was for my life.
As the years passed…with still the same response from God; He began to show me that even though He said “No;” that His grace would remain sufficient for me. Two of my life verses in the Bible are found in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9…and we read… “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” In these Bible verses…Paul had asked God 3 times, to remove the thorn of affliction from him; but God’s response was this… “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” …which meant that even though God had to say no at the time…He was still going to be there, to see Paul through this difficult time in his life…and in the end; these moments of weakness that had entered Paul’s life would become strengthened, in a way that would draw him even closer to God and would also help him along his journey with God. In my own life, I have truly seen how God works in this way, as He did the same thing for me…and as I look back on my life…He may have said “No;” but He had another plan…and that plan would be to use my weaknesses to strengthen and prepare me, for the life I’m now living.
As I look back on my life…I clearly see the reason, for why God said “No.” It wasn’t a response that was meant to torture me or make the situation worse; but rather, it was a response that would draw me even closer to Him…for it was through these moments of weakness; that He had plans to strengthen me…in a way that would help me to share this same message, with others who are weak in spirit.
One thing I’ve truly learned…and that is to always walk down God’s path, even if it doesn’t seem like a good path to walk down; because when we are walking down His path of choosing; then we will eventually be led out of the dark and dingy moments of circumstance…into moments that will truly paint a picture, of God’s loving will for our lives.
Many blessings on your day!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."