“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9

We know that God answers prayers in three ways. He either tells us yes, no, or wait a while. We like the answer “yes” because we get what we want. We even like the answer “ wait a while” because we still get what we want even though the waiting may make us impatient. It’s the answer “no” that we often do not like. Paul in this passage prayed three times that his affliction be taken away and three times the answer was “no.”

The wonderful thing about the answer “no” is that it is the right answer. God knows what we need, and sometime what we need is to hear “no.” Have there been times in your life when you knew to the depths of your heart what you wanted or needed and were very unhappy when God did not grant it? Sometimes it takes year or decades before for you can look back and say, “I am so glad that God said no. He knew what was best and had something much better waiting for me.”

God told Paul that His strength was made perfect in weakness. We, like Paul, sometimes can only see that or realize that when we are told “no.” Today, let us be thankful for all the times we were not given what we wanted.