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Oct 16

When the Lord Says No

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Several times I have looked at starting a venture or taking steps in a certain direction and felt checked by the Lord. At times I failed to understand why the Lord said “no” to something that seemed good to me. We see an example in scripture when David wanted to build a Temple to the Lord, but God assigned the task to another. In this instance, Solomon. 


“But the LORD said to my father David, 'You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name. Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood--he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.'” (1 Kings 8:18-19, NIV) 

One time I was approached to consider a position as a finance director for an organization. I wanted to accept, but took the decision to the Lord in prayer. I sensed the Lord said “no.” When I declined I was asked to reconsider, but maintained my “no.” Later another who had more time and, I believe, a stronger skill base took the position. If I had said “yes,” I and the organization would have been worse off. While I didn't know what was best, the Lord did.

I have carried a bag of useful items in my car to give to homeless people I encounter. Before engaging with anyone, I ask the Lord for guidance. At times I feel checked and pass by. Other times I give the bag. While all homeless need ministry and assistance, my goal is to ensure that I respond as the Lord directs, not based on how I feel. 

One time I was prompted to drive a person to a Gospel Rescue Mission.  This was the only time I allowed a stranger in my car. I made the exception only because of the strong prompting of the Holy Spirit.

Often in business I have felt checked about certain action, and to this day I don't always understand why the Lord said “no.” One time I ignored God’s prompting and got badly burned. Lesson learned.

Take all important decisions to the Lord. Ask for wisdom and guidance. If you are married, ask your spouse to join you in praying. The Lord will answer, “yes,” “no” or “wait.” Act on the Lord’s direction and God will honor your obedience.

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