God’s “No” + Sand Castles Falling

So many times the “no” answers we receive from God are quickly ignored or quickly rejected. 

We want to hear a yes. “Why won’t You let this happen, God? Can’t You just approve of this schedule I have made for You to move on?”

This sounds ridiculous yet you and I find ourselves asking these questions even if we never dare to mention them out loud.

As I just witnessed something that shifted the waters in my heart over a circumstance, God is reminding me to be most thankful for His answers of “no.” 

Instead of viewing my situation negatively as another time God did not let something work out, I am seeing it through the lens of my Father’ love, His care, His thought, His strength, and His protection.

Brother or sister, God holds all power in making the desires of your heart come true. He is the one who gives us certain desires to fulfill the plans He has to build His Kingdom. Too often you and I are trying to find the balance of our own wishes and ways we are able to actively serve the Kingdom of God.

Today I encourage you as we sit side by side in this same predicament. 

Our God is good. He does not need our help in performing His miracles for our lives. He requires our obedience. He commands us to love and obey His Word. We are already commissioned to love others big. We have all been given a place where we can serve the Lord and make His Name known more.

If God has given you a desire for something, He has already made provision for it.

Here I am again laying down my tools of trying to build another castle of sand. One day we will both look back and see that Abba Himself had already built the best thing for us. 

Imagining my childhood days at the beach, I remember the thoughtfulness and time I put into building sand castles. I would drizzle them with water in order to make designs. They were pretty and patted by my tiny fingers. No matter how much I had invested into the castles of sand, they fell. Each wave of the ocean collapsed over the castle layers until the castle of sand was flat. Everything I had built piled up yet collapsed into nothing.

Whether you and I do this with relationships, opportunities, jobs, or friendships today, our efforts will fall if not built by Christ.

Psalm 127:1 (NIV) says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

Instead of focusing on the tools, the laboring, the building, or the dream object, our attention must shift again to beam with Christ.

Jesus is His best for us. We will see all of His good plans for us fulfilled. In the meantime, today is the day that the Lord has made. 

“This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

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