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I am shamed to admit how much I like having things my way. I like getting the things I want and in my life, overall, I’ve pretty much gotten what I’ve wanted or gone after. In the last six months, God has denied me two things that I thought I wanted.
One of these things, particularly, I was firmly convinced was in His will for me. When the answer to my prayers over these situations was a firm and definite “No,” I expected to be upset. But I wasn’t. And the reason I wasn’t was because when I started praying for these things, so positive that I was walking in His will, doing what He wanted me to do, I felt Him asking me to re-evaluate the reasons I desired these things. He began to reveal to me some very stiff penalties that I would have to pay should I get the things that I wanted.
At first, I blamed it on the devil. He works like that, you know? He can take a situation where God is leading you and make you doubt in the worst possible way. Sometimes, he scares you off so badly that God doesn’t even get a voice in the matter. But I began to evaluate my motives, my priorities, and my abilities. All of those things were skewed. None of them actually lined up with what I knew to be God’s truth for me. So when God showed me what His will was for me, I could not be upset.
In fact, I was grateful. It reminded me of some verses in the book of Daniel. Daniel is a wonderful book about being led by God and seeking God’s will. Here is Daniel’s praise for answered prayer in Daniel 2:22-23 (New Century Version):
He makes known secrets that are deep and hidden;
he knows what is hidden in darkness,
and light is all around him.
I thank you and praise you, God of my ancestors,
because you have given me wisdom and power.
You told me what we asked of you.
One of my new favorite songs is about recognizing the wonderful blessings that God gives us that we don’t deserve. When you’re down on your knees tonight, don’t forget to thank God for all the things He’s given you…and for saying “No” to things that we think we desire but aren’t in His ultimate plan for us.