Our true heart toward the Lord is revealed when we get a “no” answer either from Him or from the people in authority over us that He has appointed in those positions. That’s when a counselee’s heart is revealed on a matter. When they are told that God’s Word does not line up with their desire, that’s when we see their true heart’s desire (Prov. 3:5-6).

How do you respond to “no” even when your desire is for a good thing, but you do not get it?

Here’s how I’ve learned to respond: “God, thank you for Your “no” because I know it’s good.”

It’s all good when God says “no.” He is protecting me, growing me, or doing something good in my life when He tells me “no” though it is still hard for me because I first default to “leaning on my own understanding.” However, I now see the “no” answers as a time for me to “trust in the Lord with all of my heart.”

-Mark (accepting NO as a perfectly good answer)