A God Who Says "No" When You Want A "Yes" Answer
"O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come" so sang generations of men and women who endured all kinds of tough times. Today, however, our generation is not so confident that God is our hope for years to come. When they expect God to say "Yes" and He says "No," they are thrown into deep distress. They quickly lose hope.
The Bible speaks of hope for some 158 times. Women who were barren talked about the hope of having children. Men and women in prison talked about the hope of deliverance. The Apostle Paul talked about Abraham, whom God promised will have an heir born to his wife, even when she was long past the age of childbearing. Others, facing death, talked of the hope of deliverance.
But the hope that this book offers is linked to the reality of a God who is there. He is a God who cares and loves you enough to say "No!" when you want a "Yes" answer shouted loudly from heaven. The lesson we can learn from these people who have been in difficult situations is that there is hope, and there is an antidote to the despair which drives so many of our contemporaries to drugs, alcohol, depression, and even suicide.
Sometimes you have to tell your emotions and feelings where to get off and hold on to what you know to be true - that God is a good God and that He hasn't forsaken you or forgotten you, or singled you out for punishment simply because He said "No!" Realize that God is the source of our hope, and that He alone can drive back despair and hopelessness of a broken, imperfect world.
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Job 13:15