My son Daniel came to me and said, “Dad, can I play with Ruskin?” Now Ruskin is his good friend next door.
So, of course, I waited. That is, I waited for the Lord to speak to me, to see what he would say! For it is folly to do things on our own initiative, without letting the Lord speak to us, inasmuch as … a lion might be in the street at that very moment … or … who knows! (The point is, waiting and letting the Lord speak in every circumstance is ALWAYS the right thing to do. Many a mistake has been made for lack of waiting on the Lord.)
Now the Lord was “right there” and I could hear the Lord speaking to me, saying, “No, not now”.
So I said to my son, “No, not now.”
Now disapproval is often a “bad” thing in the eyes of a young boy, and it is often a (seemingly) “bad” thing in the eyes of grown ups, too, so I said to my son (knowing full well the character of the Lord),
“The Lord is saying, ‘No,’ because there is a greater blessing to be had.”
My son immediately began to guess about what the greater blessing might be.
However, I myself did not know. Only that God was good — all the time — and that if he ever said, “No” to one of our requests, it was always because there was a “greater blessing” in store.
Of course, God *might* be getting ready to say “Yes” to our request, but the timing could be off! We would not be blessed as much by getting our way “now” than if we had to wait … just a little longer!
So I said to my son, “Let’s pray about it.”
So we prayed.
Then, I suddenly burst out in laughter.
Now I normally don’t do this when I pray, but it was because God was getting ready to “release” his “greater blessing!”
Then, the phone rang – that is, about three seconds later.
It was Ruskin, of course. It was Ruskin asking Daniel if he could play with him!
“Of course!” was my immediate answer. For this time, the Lord had given me complete peace, and there was no doubt about it!
The greater blessing: in this case, it was a very small delay in waiting for a friend to call, as opposed to calling him. The same result occurred, but with a number of significant differences.
First of all, the Lord graced Dad with the authority to be able to say, “Let’s pray.” It was a reliance on God rather than a reliance on self. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5c)
Second, it gave father and son the opportunity to see God in action.
Third, it provided a sense of acceptance by being called up by a friend in order to have fun – as opposed to having to call a friend to have fun.
Fourth, it provided reassurance to son that he can trust God when God says “no,” and never to jump ahead of God! Times will come in his life when it could very well mean the difference between “life” and “death”!
Fifth, it spoke to dad, inasmuch as dad knew for sure that the lines of communication (divine revelation) were “clear” and “open” between dad and God – something which is exceedingly important in being able to live for Christ and carry out our God-given purposes here on this earth. If you do not have a “divine flow” working in your spirit, you are limited, for how will God speak to you, when and if … a lion *does* suddenly appear in the street! In that case, you would be reduced to mere “human wisdom”. Thank God, however, that God expressly calls us to be able to see with the “eyes of our heart”. This, too, can mean the difference between “life” and “death”, and many a person has died because they were relying upon “human wisdom” as opposed to “seeing” with the eyes of their heart!
Thus, there was indeed a “much” greater blessing to be had during those moments. In the end, my son got to play with his friend. But with a difference! Praise God!
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21)