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So Thankful God Said No

A few years ago, God answered a prayer of mine and finally said yes to my request for the Big Thing.

It doesn’t really matter what the Big Thing was — maybe it was healing, a financial breakthrough, a spouse, a job, or some other change in circumstance. Regardless, I’m sure you can relate to needing something, then praying, waiting, and nothing happening. It leaves you feeling like God is either ignoring you or punishing you for wanting it too badly.

When I told my friends that God had finally answered my prayer for the Big Thing, several of them said I was being rewarded for my faithfulness during the long wait. I understood their sentiment, and I probably would have agreed at one point. But something changed during the long wait.

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7 Comments
  1. So relevant to where I am right now…I'm not where you ended up yet…but, for now, I have given up (mostly?) on attaining The Big Thing and instead s l o w l y learning to find joy and contentment in Him in the present moment. Thanks for the encouragement…even though I know that God may never say "Yes" to The Big Thing.

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    May 15, 2012
  2. That's a good word.

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    May 16, 2012
  3. Thank you for some affirmation! I'm learning more and more each day…He is our Great Reward! Not that He doesn't love to give His children good gifts. But we need to keep things in perspective.

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    May 28, 2012
  4. Wow! Josh, you read my mail!!! I've begun to get an inkling after many, many, many (and more)years that God's dealing with me the same way!! I haven't gotten the Big Thing yet (and I'm really old!)but I can look back at the work He's done in me and realizing that He is my great reward and He is enough…even if I never get the Big Thing!

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    April 16, 2013
  5. I'm glad it spoke to you. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 16, 2013
  6. Thank you for sharing, i have come to that position of resting. The scripture in Philipians helped me alot, where He says we must not be anxious of anything BUT with prayer and supplication we must our requests known to God, and the peace of God that passes understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. A s believing we have access to grace through RIGHT believing NOT RIGHT LIVING, but the devils makes to believe that God rewards/blesses us on a performance based scale, which is a lie. Lately i have come to the revelation that God wants us to be at rest, because Christ paid for everything, if we are striving for stuff we are actually mocking the work of Jesus at the cross.Your article has blessed me and encouraged me to push on.

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    April 25, 2013
  7. Seeking Work #

    At least you got that big thing. For me, the big thing is, as you may have guessed by my screen name, is work. Although it has been a while since I graduated college, finding a job has only gotten harder. In fact, I have increased my efforts in finding a job, only to be rejected again and again. Now if the big thing were a family, a house, or even a car, I think that it would be easier to wait for such things. But work is a necessary part of existence. Seeing as I have been doing little more than taking up space for some time now, I often wonder if God wants me to make any contribution to the world for Heaven at all. I have begged God countless times to give me more work, and He has given me a few little projects in which I try to be faithful, but He has not given me regular work. But why should He? He is perfect, and I am sinful. My time on this planet is limited. I want to make the most of it, but I can only do that by the miracle of God at this point. I see no reason to expect God to give me a job ever again.

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    May 18, 2015

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