Myths about God’s Will: Skipping the Process by
nowing God’s will can be hard. In our fast-paced culture, we want the answer, and we want it now! But God often works through a process.
In part two of this three part series on myths about God’s will, we’ll look at when a no is really a not yet. Read part one here >>
When No Is Not Yet
This is a great struggle, as we see it displayed thorough the lives of many biblical characters. Take David for instance: Samuel anointed him as a young man to be the next king of Israel. How excited he must have been! He was quickly elevated after he killed Goliath and became commander of Israel’s armies—the throne seemed like the next step. But King Saul got very jealous of David and tried to kill him, sending 300 trained assassins after him. David spent the next eight years running for his life!
How hopeless he must have felt at times, wondering if the promise of becoming king would ever come true. But God didn’t forget His word, and suddenly—as quickly as David fled from Saul—he was elevated. David became king in one day, achieving this God-given dream, and reigned for a total of forty years (see 2 Samuel 1–2).
His destiny was sure all along, despite the hardship and delay. All he needed to do was keep following the Lord, who was certain to lead him to “green pastures” and “still waters” (Psalm 23:2)—and it is the same for us!
Joseph is another great example. He had a dream as a young man that his parents and brothers would bow down to him. He shared this with his family, but they became angry. Genesis 37 tells us his brothers “hated him even more,” and conspired to sell him into slavery in Egypt.
Later in Egypt, Joseph was imprisoned after his master’s wife falsely accused him (Genesis 39); and then while in prison, he was forgotten about for two more years after he correctly interpreted the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s servants (see Genesis 40–41). Scripture says that God’s word “tested [Joseph]” during this time (Psalm 105:19). Would Joseph give up his dream because people mistreated him, or keep believing that the Lord would bring about what He had promised?