One Final Yes

One Final Yes

I was beginning to refer to 2017 as “The Year of the No.” I am not kidding, friends. Everything I was hoping and praying for was met with a “no” on every side. Homes we tried to purchase, changes in people’s lives that were dramatically affecting them, health issues, spiritual issues. It just seemed like the more I prayed, the more I received a “no” from God. I joked (sarcastically) with a close friend about it. But inside, I was beginning to think I would never see God answer my prayers with a “yes” again. This was discouraging, for sure…at first. Months of no after no and I was feeling pretty defeated in life. It wasn’t like I was praying “out of God’s will”… the things I was asking him for were good things, right things…as far as I could see.

I know we’ve all been down this road, friends. Praying and praying, attempting to petition the Lord for the people and things we have on our hearts…only to feel as though God is not going to work as we hope…or at least not quickly. What do we do in these times? Do we give up? Do we get bitter? What kinds of things do we tell ourselves?

This is where faith needs to rise up within us. Faith that God is at work, despite what the circumstances look like. Faith that God is a God who hears our prayers; we are his beloved children. We need to counsel ourselves with His Word and keep trusting in His good designs. And how do we do all this? The biggest, most helpful way is by returning to the biggest “YES” God has ever given us…the “YES” of saving us from our sins and our sure death. When we asked, “Will you save me, Lord?” He answered “YES” in one final, decisive way…through the death of his only Son, Jesus. With this final “YES” he is saying he is for us, he is designing only good toward us, even when that good looks not-so-good from our perspective.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

Now “all things” doesn’t mean he’s going to give us everything, or even what we ask for. He knows what is best for us and will only give us that which is most beneficial to our souls. Ultimately, though, because he has already said “YES” to making us his children, there is nothing he will withhold from us if it is truly in our best interest.

This is how we counsel ourselves to keep the faith when our prayers seems to only reap a “NO” response from God.

The caveat to my 2017, The Year of the “NO” story is that, in the last month or so, many, many “YES” things have been given to our family. Not only answers to prayer, but even things I don’t ever remember asking for… I am NOT kidding. It’s been almost comical how many things have developed along these lines. I celebrate and thank God for his unmerited kindness, but I am quick to realize it may not be long before I am back to a season where things do not look as they do now. The time of “no” or “not yet” may return quickly. It is then that I will return to THE FINAL “YES” God has already given me. He is for me, not against me. Nothing proves that more than Jesus’ death on the cross for my sins.

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Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always "Enough" for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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  1. Loved this post, Kristin! Amen and Amen

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    I’m going to remember this post when I feel like I’m getting too many “no’s”! I was thinking as I was reading this that “not yet” feels so much like “no”. So then I feel like it’s no when really God may answer later. I really loved how you pointed out that the biggest YES is when God saved us from our sins. We can always rejoice in that!

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