Happy New Year!
So, I am just going to get right to it. I am not even going to try and ease my way into it – I’m just going to dive right in…
One of the sayings or colloquialisms that I am not particularly fond of is “Won’t He Do It.” Don’t ask me why; I really have no justification as to why I don’t like it, I just don’t like it. Maybe it’s because it has been overused and improperly used; nevertheless, that’s my choice, I don’t like it. Maybe it’s because the reality is: No, He Won’t Do It…not always. Wow! You read that correctly – No, He Won’t Do It…not always.
I recently walked through a situation where there was something that I really wanted and I really believed it was God sent. I spent much time praying and fasting asking God for confirmation after confirmation. I was excited and hopeful that the answer would be “Yes,” but I was still careful (according to my ability) to try not to move too quickly until I had peace and confirmation from God. So, in the end, the answer was no (or at least now right now). Initially, I was upset – I was upset with God – I was just upset. But then He reminded me of my prayer that I prayed boldly to Him: “God if this is not from You, shut the door and let me (or anyone else) not be able to pry it open.” Now, my truth is when I prayed that prayer, I hoped it would be an open door because it was from Him; but just in case it wasn’t from Him, I trust Him to protect me and keep me from making a mistake that could potentially cause me harm and/or take me out of His Will. But the door was closed. So, to answer your question “Won’t He do it,” – No, He Won’t Do It…not always. Before you think it, NO I am NOT bitter. I am grateful because I know He Won’t Do It if it’s something that is going to hinder your purpose. He Won’t Do It if it’s something that is going to hurt you. He Won’t Do It if it is something that is going to take you outside of His Perfect Will. He Won’t Do It if there is going to be trouble and pain for you down the road that you can’t see right now. He Won’t Do It if it is not His best for you. Oftentimes we want God to do what we want, when we want it, but can we trust Him when He doesn’t do it? Can we trust that He has something better for us?
There’s a story in scripture (2 Samuel 12), David was praying and fasting asking God to save his child; but the child still died. What confounded the servants and the people around David was when the child died, he got up; he cleansed himself up; he ate; and he praised the Lord. Not long after that the Lord blessed him to conceive a son. What am I saying? See what happened??? David wanted God to do one thing, but even though God didn’t do it, David yet praised the Lord. Then God allowed him to conceive a son. Do you trust God? Will you still praise Him even if He doesn’t give you what you want? Could it be that’s what He’s waiting to see?
So, That Settles It. To answer the question, “Won’t He do it,” – No, He Won’t Do It…not always. Sorry not sorry. If it is not His best; if it is not in His Divine timing; if it is not His will, No, He Won’t Do It. We just have to trust that if God says “No,” it’s because He has something better in mind for us and/or He is protecting us. This is where our faith is tested and strengthened. He loves us and He does not want us to settle. Even if the thing before us is the best thing that we have seen thus far, it does not mean that it is His best. Read that again. Even if the thing before us is the best that we have seen thus far, it does not mean that it is His best. So, be encouraged. Trust Him – even when He says “No.”
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6