A man named James Russell Lowell once said, “There is no good arguing with the inevitable; the only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat”
What are your thoughts on that quote? When something is inevitable it is ‘certain to happen’ and it is ‘unavoidable’, no matter how hard a person tries to intercede with matters. There are times when it is essential to intercede, however there are also other times God says “No”. We should all learn to accept that God’s word is final.
Moses really really wanted to enter the Promise Land, the land with flowing milk and honey. Moses often prayed to the Lord concerning this request, until God reminded him that he had been forbidden to step foot into the Land. In Deuteronomy 3:21-29 we have an account of this encounter with God.
21 “At that time I [Moses] gave Joshua this charge: ‘You have seen for yourself everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan. 22 Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.’ 23 “At that time I pleaded with the Lord and said, 24 ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do? 25 Please let me cross the Jordan to see the wonderful land on the other side, the beautiful hill country and the Lebanon mountains.’ 26 “But the Lord was angry with me because of you, and he would not listen to me. ‘That’s enough!’ he declared. ‘Speak of it no more. 27 But go up to Pisgah Peak, and look over the land in every direction. Take a good look, but you may not cross the Jordan River. 28 Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.’ 29 So we stayed in the valley near Beth-peor.
God said to Moses: “Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter Period” The case was closed, Moses had to live with that decision. Moses’ inevitable fate was that he was not going to see the Promised land.
Of course there are times when we do not like the answers to our prayers, or we don’t feel like God is even listening to us. But I want to reiterate to you that God is not a genie in a bottle we can conjure up to do our requests. As his children we serve Him; He does not serve us. Because of that, we cannot expect all our prayers to be answered with a “Yes”. We should know that God knows best. His plans are far greater than the ones we have for ourselves. In the same way our Lord and Saviour prayed, let us also pray: “Not what I want, but your will O God will be done.”
P.S- the next post will be posted tomorrow. Check out the previous posts that are part of this series on this link here. And stay tuned for more 🙂