Have you ever been in a season of waiting? God said no or wait, which means no not now, and so you wait for His direction. What do you do when God says no, but you still want the thing God said no about? It’s hard to be still when God says no. Today, as we continue in our 40-Day Fast of being still and knowing God more, we see what happens when you get tired of waiting for God to fight for you. To be specific, what happens when you ignore God’s no and fight for yourself anyway.
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In Exodus 14:14 we saw a beautiful picture of God’s people, walking in obedience to God’s will, learning how to be still and let the Lord fight their battle. They quieted the fear, anxiety and worry in their mind to trust God in the face of real danger.
Today we see a stark contrast. King Ahab is not known for walking in obedience to God. He is not walking in God’s will and he gets tired of being still when God said no.
1 Kings 22:3 (AMP) Now the king of Israel said to his servants, “Do you know that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, yet we are still (Being Still) doing nothing to take it from the hand of the king of Aram?”
The Context of 1 Kings 22:3
King Ahab had a come to Jesus moment three years before his death- sort of. He saw God and understood, at least for a moment, that God was God and he was not. King Ahab humbled himself and that pleased God.
God gave him three years of peace and King Ahab prospered in those years. He had wealth, power, stature, everything a man could want. The King even acquired an alliance with King Jehoshaphat bringing an uneasy alliance between the split Kingdoms of Israel. Amazing!
But there was something King Ahab wanted, something he felt was his. He was entitled to it, it should be his, he could take it if he wanted it back. The place was Ra-moth in Gilead.
They how’s and why’s of all that will have to wait for another day, but today we just need to understand that the king wanted something God did not give him and the king could not be happy without it.
Observations on 1 Kings 22:3
Why is it so hard to see all the blessings when there is something you want (something God said no about)?
Do you take time to look around and count your blessings? I try to spend some time each morning thanking God for the things in my life that are blessings. But when I want something it is harder to do that. All I can think about is that thing I want but don’t have.
Sometimes you don’t have it because you didn’t ask for it right? But other times you don’t have it because God said no, or God said wait which feels like no.
Honestly, I pray and ask God about so many things. God gives us one of three answers; God says yes, no or wait. When God says no or wait I tend to keep asking. When He stops answering me it is often because He already said No and I need to accept His No (Read more about that here)
Waiting is hard. How long can you be content to Be Still and wait on things you want? Click To Tweet
There are things I want in life, dreams I long for, passions I want to see realized. If I’m honest, most of the time I trust my own plans, my own understanding, my own ways, and assume God should be on the side of my logic.
What do you do when God says No, but you think you can do it without Him?
Okay, let’s be honest, King Ahab had a point. Ramoth Gilead should have been his. He had defeated this nation two times before. With the new alliance defeating them a third time and taking back what was his seemed like a no-brainer. Why even bother asking God about it?When logic says yes, it is so tempting to leave God out of the decision making. Can you relate? Click To Tweet
Because we see things and understand things from a human logic we leave God out of our planning or we fight with Him when He says something that seems illogical to us.
King Ahab finally asked the Prophet of the Lord if they should go to battle. God clearly said “No, Be Still. If You go to Battle you will die.”
It is hard to be still when God says no but logic says yes
Applications from 1 Kings 22:3
Many times, God’s answer to prayer is hard. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than your ways and thoughts.As much as we want to obey God, we think we know best. Because we think we know best there is a struggle to obey God when God says Be Still, No, Wait, Not Yet, etc. Click To Tweet
God sees the whole of our life. He sees the turns and twists, the future we can’t imagine. Why is it so hard to Trust God when He says “Be Still, Trust Me. Let me handle this.”?
Final Thoughts about 1 Kings – When God says No, Trust Him.
King Ahab died in the battle, He died deliberately disobeying God. God clearly said no but King Ahab thought he knew better so he ignored God’s No.
What has God said no to you about?
He has said no to me about so many things.
- He has said be still and wait in this season of mothering small children.
- Be still and let me fight for you when your Marriage is difficult.
- Do. Not. Fight. For. Yourself. when others criticize your following Me.
- Do not plan based on your understanding of your ministry and business.
- Trust Me, Lean on my understanding.
- Be still when there is a battle all around you (Spiritual, Mental or Physical Battle).
- Don’t worry, fear or be anxious about these hard things you see all around you.
- Trust that I have them under control.
It is hard to be still and wait on God when things are hard when I feel I should be doing something when I want something that feels like it should be mine. Click To Tweet
It is Hard to be Still. But God knows best. I can trust Him. So can you.
Whatever it is that God said no about, Can you surrender it today? (Need more help accepting God’s No? Read More Here)
A Prayer about being still when God says no
Forgive me for holding onto my rights when You clearly say no. Give me the strength to relinquish my rights and shoulds and discontentment to You. I trust You. You have been faithful and trustworthy. I don’t know why I can’t just leave this with You, trust You about it and be thankful for all the Yeses.
Today I surrender our finances to You… again. Today I surrender my husband to you… Again. Take my fears over my children’s future. I lay my pain and anxiety at Your feet. I trust that since You said No, there is a good reason and I am asking You to help me want what you want for this life.
It’s hard to be still, calm me, hold me, surround me in your peace as I surrender to You today.