January 11 When God Says No

Scripture reading: Matthew 7:7–11

Key verse: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Have you ever asked God for something that He did not give you? At first, you might have felt slighted or upset, but perhaps much later you saw the reason why God said no.

God promises to give only what is good for you and no less. Why? The Lord loves you with an affection beyond imagination, and He fashioned every intricate fiber of your being (Ps. 139). It makes sense, then, that He knows exactly what you need and what blessings would benefit you.

Imagine a father taking his four-year-old son through a toy store. The little boy is overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds, and he points everywhere, shouting and dragging his dad down the aisles. In the sports section, the boy spots a sleek air gun and goes wild with delight. “Please, Dad, please!” he begs.

Of course, the wise father knows his son is far too young to handle such equipment safely and says no. After the son has finished pouting about the answer, the father takes him down another aisle and helps him select a gift that suits his age and abilities.

What would you think of a father who gave in without considering the consequences? Not much. Your heavenly Father is careful. You can relax in the assurance that God answers your requests in absolute wisdom and tenderness and always with regard to your ultimate welfare.

Dear God, teach me to relax in the assurance that You answer my requests in absolute wisdom and tenderness with regard to my ultimate welfare.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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