When God Says No

As Christian believers, we rejoice in knowing all things work together for our good, (Romans 8:28). No matter what we experience in life, we expect to emerge victorious. However, we must prepare for the moment when God says, “No” to our wants and desires. This three-day devotional will teach us how to respond when God tells us, “No.”

Day 1

  • Deuteronomy 3

 Encourage and Celebrate Others

The Promised Land was Moses’ dream. But after his hard work, sacrifices, and all he had been through, God tells him, “No.” Because he displeased God in the wilderness, he was not allowed to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land. Not only would Moses’ dream never be realized, but he must train Joshua to take his place. 

When God tells us no, we should be able to encourage and strengthen others to continue to do His will. We must put aside our hurt, disappointment, and shame to support and assist those God has called to go forward.

Question: Has God ever told you no? How did you respond? 

Day 2

  • Deuteronomy 3

Submit to God’s Will

“‘But go up to Pisgah Peak, and look over the land in every direction. Take a good look, but you may not cross the Jordan River. Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.’ So we stayed in the valley near Beth-Peor.”

I have heard believers say, “Every delay is not a denial. If God tells you ‘no,’ it’s because He has something better for you.”  In the case of Moses and Aaron being allowed to enter the Promised Land, God’s answer was a strict, “NO!” Moses could not persuade Him to change His mind. However, Moses submitted himself to the will of God and obeyed His command.

Question: If God tells you no, will you walk away, disobey Him, and do what you want? Or will you submit yourself to His will?

Day 3

  • Deuteronomy 3:28
  • Genesis 17

God’s Plan Is Bigger Than You

God’s plan for His people has an eternal purpose. It transcends our personal whims and desires. He covenanted with Abraham to give the people of Israel the land of Canaan. Moses disobeyed God and was forbidden to enter the Promised Land. However, this did not stop the plan of God. He instructed Moses to commission Joshua as his successor, and to be the one to carry out His plan, by leading the people of Israel into Canaan.

Question: Are you willing to deny yourself, in order for the plan of God to be fulfilled in your life and the life of those you touch?

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