Daniel 9:23… “At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved” (KJV). The NLT reads, “The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God.” It would be hard to find greater words than these… especially when you are hurting and wondering, “What’s happened?” Daniel was in exile. He was desperate, wanting to make sense of his circumstances. As he had done many times before, he prayed. God immediately sent Gabriel at the beginning of his supplication. God didn’t wait until Daniel finished praying. Why? Because Daniel was greatly beloved. He was precious to God; he was much-loved. Daniel’s love had been put to the test. Now, when he needed answers, God responded quickly. What did God do? He quickly spoke to Daniel about the events of the day. Only God can do that. When it seems that everything is crumbling around you, God will speak to you in His time because you are greatly beloved of God. His answer can come immediately, as in Daniel’s case, or it may be delayed (see Daniel 10:10-14 for an example). But, it will come. You may not see what He is doing, but He will come. Why? Because you are greatly beloved. Think on these words in the days ahead. You are precious to Him.
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”
Acts 12:2-3… “And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also” (KJV).
Can you accept God’s will when He says “no?” Jeremiah 33:3 (also 29:12 and Psalm 91:15) tells us that God always answers when we call on Him. But sometimes His answer is “no.” In our text, Herod had Peter arrested and was ready to execute him. The church was powerless to free Peter, so they prayed (Acts 12:12-16). It is possible to be a people of prayer and yet be full of unbelief. The church was surprised when Peter was released. It was a miracle indeed. However, when James was taken, he was executed. I am sure the church prayed just as hard, but for some reason, God said “no.” The church did not become bitter because James was executed. They accepted God’s answer. Many times when God says “no,” people keep on praying and hoping for a “yes.” People think if they keep on praying, God will change His mind. The purpose of prayer is not to conform God to our will, but to adjust our will to God’s. Today, more than ever, we must learn to trust God’s judgment even when He says “no.” God’s will is best. We may not understand it, but keep on committing your requests to God. Learn to let Him handle it.
Pastor George Belobaba
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