Saturday, October 05, 2013

When "No" is Best

Without saying anything more, let me just say that when God says, "no", it is always best! It's easy to say that, but when we get into situations where we really want something, it is very easy to start thinking that God doesn't know what we need. We would never say that out loud, but we live that way sometimes in the pursuit of the things that we think would fulfill our wants or needs.

God reminded me of His "no" always being best when I was at work yesterday. In February 2010, I was laid-off from my previous job as a software developer due to financial issues. When this happened, I knew it was a blessing because it kind of forced my hand at moving forward... and it was time to do so. I put out my resume to many companies even out to a company in TN. I found a company that does a lot of government contracts with an office only about 10 miles away... they had the foosball table and everything. It was the model of "fun and enjoyable place to work". I sent in my resume to them and had a phone interview. They called me back to set up an in-person interview then had to reschedule... then they never called back. I called them back a couple times (tip for job hunters out there... don't be annoying, but take the initiative and call them if you are interested)... and they basically said that they no longer needed someone for the position. I was disappointed. This process... phone interview, in-person interview, sometimes a second in-person interview only to get a "no"... happened over and over and over again. I really thought this one was the perfect job, but God said, "no".

Yesterday, I was part of an interview process for a new programmer at work. I downloaded her resume and started reading. Her last job was none other than THAT JOB in April 2010! Management changed shortly after she got the job... the foosball table went away... anything "fun" or "enjoyable" went away... the company struggled financially and closed down the close office and the commute changed from 10 miles to 80 miles... etc. So let me just say that when God says, "no", why do we not just believe Him? If He wouldn't have revealed that to me yesterday, would His "no" be any less wise? He doesn't need to tell us why. He knows all things and does not withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly. Let's live uprightly and trust that anything that seems "good" that He withholds from us is not actually "good".

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth!

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