Friday, August 16, 2019

When God Says No - Solace from the Psalms - Martin Wiles

For thousands of years, people have found comfort in the Psalms. No matter what emotion you are experiencing or fight you're facing, the psalms have something important to say. For the next little while, Love Lines from God will feature, "Solace from the Psalms." We hope you enjoy. And please share them with a friend. 

For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Psalm 34:7 NLT
“I have tickets for the KISS concert. Want to go?” my friend asked.
As a hippie child, my answer was a resounding “Yes!” Of course, I wanted to go. Who wouldn’t want to hear Ace Frehley play lead guitar or Gene Simmons fork out his oversized tongue? Their makeup and stage antics amazed millions. At least to a lover of rock-n-roll—which my father wasn’t.
My dad’s answer to the question was a reverberating, “No!” No room for discussion…no chance he’d change his mind. He didn’t like my music and thought most of it was “straight from the pits of hell.” And some might have been. (I did wonder a little about Alice Cooper’s “Goes to Hell” album.)
Little did I appreciate or understand it then, but God was using my parents as guardian angels. And He provides some—physical and spiritual—for all His children. What I interpreted as bad—my father not letting me attend a concert--was really for my good. He was concerned about the negative messages entering my head, which for a teenager wasn’t high on my list of important matters.
If an earthly parent can see ahead and make wise decisions because of their foreknowledge and experience, how much more can my Heavenly Father—who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient—guard my steps.
Sometimes, I wonder about the things God allows into my life and about the things He keeps me from. But I’ve learned to trust His judgment. I’m His child, and He loves me unconditionally. When God tells me I can’t go, I willingly—well sometimes reluctantly—stay put.
Are you listening to the guard God places around you?
Join the conversation. Tell us one thing God kept you from.
Prayer: Thank You Father for keeping us from those things that could harm us spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

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1 comment:

  1. God's answer is always best. His plan is always best for us. :-) We may not understand the answer at the time but we can be comforted knowing His way is best.