Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When God gives you the opposite of what you asked for

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 1:02 PM
We never know why God chooses to answer prayers differently than giving us what we asked for.

Test – not for God’s sake (He knows if we’re going to be faithful before hand), but for our sake so that we can see that we can grow in faith and experience relying on Him when we don’t feel sure about the answer or about what’s going to happen. This facilitates growth in our faith and relationship with God.

David – Defeated Goliath, received glory but had to go into hiding. Was sought to be killed. Because he remained faithful to God and relied on God throughout his trials, he was given an earthly kingdom to bring Glory to God’s Kingdom.

Psalm 27 – The description found in Psalm 27: 5 truly speaks to me. At times I cry out to my heavenly father to come get me and set me high above my circumstances bringing me closer to Him. The Father gave me a powerful visual to help me to see that He is all I need as I travel through stressful times. When my focus shifts from Him, my energy is divided and my stress is multiplied. As long as He is central to my thinking and my commitment, I experience His peace and joy, no matter what else is going on in my life. When you keep your focus on Jesus, He fills you with a peace and joy the world cannot give. (Wood, Cindi: Frazzled Female)
Realizing you’re a virtuous woman in Christ
A woman after God’s own Heart
Disobedience
Not asking for what’s in his will
He has better things in store for us

As long as we’re faithful to Him, He will give us the perfect answer according to His will.
Often times what we ask for is not what we need or not in our best interest. God will seemingly give us the opposite of what we asked for. He doesn’t stay silent to our request. He doesn’t give us part of our request, but the complete opposite.

Examples:
My 1-year old son wanted to go outside and play. I had to pull him away from the door to go get his shoes and put them on. I had to do the exact opposite of what he wanted so that he could fully enjoy what he was asking. Without shoes, I would have held him in my lap and he still wouldn’t have been happy, even though we were outside. Moving my son away from his goal, actually helped him reach his goal. Even though I verbally explained to my son what I was doing, he wasn’t able to understand. We are sometimes like that with God. He may choose not to explain why He is working in our life the way He is, or maybe He has and we’re not willing or able (due to immaturity in the Word) to understand.
One wonderful example of God working opposite a prayer request for better things is when He took me out of an unhealthy relationship. I didn’t know that the relationship was unhealthy and prayed consistently not to ever lose this person or the relationship I had with him. God did, however, allow this relationship to end and removed this person from my life. At the time I was devastated and felt as if God had not answered my prayer. In truth, He had actively worked against my prayers on this matter because He had a much better relationship in store for me. A relationship that helped foster my growth in my relationship with God, rather than act as a hindrance to it. Praise God He knows the ultimate best for us and works according to that rather than our short-sightedness.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When God gives you the opposite of what you asked for

We never know why God chooses to answer prayers differently than giving us what we asked for.

Test – not for God’s sake (He knows if we’re going to be faithful before hand), but for our sake so that we can see that we can grow in faith and experience relying on Him when we don’t feel sure about the answer or about what’s going to happen. This facilitates growth in our faith and relationship with God.

David – Defeated Goliath, received glory but had to go into hiding. Was sought to be killed. Because he remained faithful to God and relied on God throughout his trials, he was given an earthly kingdom to bring Glory to God’s Kingdom.

Psalm 27 – The description found in Psalm 27: 5 truly speaks to me. At times I cry out to my heavenly father to come get me and set me high above my circumstances bringing me closer to Him. The Father gave me a powerful visual to help me to see that He is all I need as I travel through stressful times. When my focus shifts from Him, my energy is divided and my stress is multiplied. As long as He is central to my thinking and my commitment, I experience His peace and joy, no matter what else is going on in my life. When you keep your focus on Jesus, He fills you with a peace and joy the world cannot give. (Wood, Cindi: Frazzled Female)
Realizing you’re a virtuous woman in Christ
A woman after God’s own Heart
Disobedience
Not asking for what’s in his will
He has better things in store for us

As long as we’re faithful to Him, He will give us the perfect answer according to His will.
Often times what we ask for is not what we need or not in our best interest. God will seemingly give us the opposite of what we asked for. He doesn’t stay silent to our request. He doesn’t give us part of our request, but the complete opposite.

Examples:
My 1-year old son wanted to go outside and play. I had to pull him away from the door to go get his shoes and put them on. I had to do the exact opposite of what he wanted so that he could fully enjoy what he was asking. Without shoes, I would have held him in my lap and he still wouldn’t have been happy, even though we were outside. Moving my son away from his goal, actually helped him reach his goal. Even though I verbally explained to my son what I was doing, he wasn’t able to understand. We are sometimes like that with God. He may choose not to explain why He is working in our life the way He is, or maybe He has and we’re not willing or able (due to immaturity in the Word) to understand.
One wonderful example of God working opposite a prayer request for better things is when He took me out of an unhealthy relationship. I didn’t know that the relationship was unhealthy and prayed consistently not to ever lose this person or the relationship I had with him. God did, however, allow this relationship to end and removed this person from my life. At the time I was devastated and felt as if God had not answered my prayer. In truth, He had actively worked against my prayers on this matter because He had a much better relationship in store for me. A relationship that helped foster my growth in my relationship with God, rather than act as a hindrance to it. Praise God He knows the ultimate best for us and works according to that rather than our short-sightedness.

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