When God’s “No Is Misconstrued To Be A Yes

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By Richard Gazowsky

There is the paradox I constantly face; my listening to the voice of God is constantly muddled by me hearing my own self-will. To clarify the point in question, let me explain that I am not talking about the times when I mistakenly stumbled down the wrong way.   Many times in those instances I would feel a sensitive check or darkness and my spirit that would tell me, “You’re going the wrong way”. In this instance I am referring to the point in time where I have many decisions that appear to be right, but I want to know which one is God’s perfect will.
If you remember, Paul wrote the these words, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.  “I’ve come to the point of maturity in my Christian walk where I realize the pearl of great price is actually the daily completing of His exact perfect will. The dichotomy here is that every choice that is presented before me is actually fun, exuberant, and is an expressway of joy ~ but I still want to choose only the one that is His perfect will.
Now this brings me back to the point addressed at the title of this blog.  Many times (as a matter of fact too many for me even to count) I have heard a slight little whisper of God saying “No.”  But then my forceful will says “Yes” so loudly that I can’t even remember the sound of God’s “No.”  Oh my!  What am I going to do?  No wonder James said, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help. You’ll get His help and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.”  This is so cool because God has an unsearchable gift of patience to wait on us, and if I ask stupid, ignorant, and even childish questions He just patiently responds. This is the masterful mystery that I am beginning to discover in God.  Every single day He is wonderful in His ability to wait for me to catch up with His incalculable, yet simple, wisdom.
Now to tell you the truth, I’m actually facing this situation right now while I am in the process of writing this blog. Before me I have counted 12 wonderful journeys of decisions I can make, and each one of them will fit into His will.  But what I want is God’s perfect will.  So which way do I go?  My family has plenty of ideas that they’ve shared me regarding what they think we ought to accomplish today.  Then suddenly, out of the blue, the Lord reminded my wife Sandy about something God had said we should do at this point.  But the trouble was, what she suggested we do wasn’t one of the 12 points I was considering and was completely out of our current mental pictures.
Oh, this is what’s so fun about God, because He has an adventure set before each one of us that is full of surprises!  So now, as I finish this blog I am totally ready to do what I know is God’s perfect will.  So let the adventure begin!  I hope you have fun today finding God’s adventure for you.

Published by Gazowsky

Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place to Meet Jesus. He has authored books,"Teach Me to Pray, I'm Falling Asleep" and "The Prophetic Whisper" as well as movie scripts. He currently feels the call of God to pray on the Periscope App everyday. Join him in prayer!

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