The two disappointments of any child in the world who gets a balloon is—–>if it suddenly pops, or if it gets away and floats slowly out of sight.
The same can be true for any Child of God when it comes to prayer requests. It may seem like your balloon just got popped or drifted away when the Lord says “No” according to His Word and His Will.
Look what the Lord said to Moses, the greatest writer of the Old Testament, and to Paul, the greatest writer of the New Testament:
Please let me (Moses) go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to Me of this matter again. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. (Deuteronomy 3:25-27 ESV)
Three times I (Paul) pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 ESV)
I bet both Moses and Paul felt like little kids who just lost their balloons, even though balloons did not exist at their time. But they both humbly accepted the Lord’s reply of “No” and continued steadfastly with the mission the Lord set before each of them.
The following two portions of scripture really emphasize God’s Word and His Will:
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15 ESV)
Jesus said to the devil, “It is written, It is written, It is written (the Word of God).” (Matthew 4:4, 5, 7)
As you can see from Scripture itself, that the Will of God which is never out-of-line with the Word of God—–>trumps all. This leads me to the following interesting verse:
Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. (2 Timothy 4:20b NKJV)
It is in direct violation of Scripture to say that Trophimus must have had sin in his life preventing him from being healed, like many of the prosperity preachers would have us believe, because we are forbidden to add to the Word of God:
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV)
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18 NKJV)
Biblical Historians tell us that Trophimus was a close traveling companion of Paul for seven years (Acts 20:4 and 21:29). We are not told why God did not heal him. All that we know from God’s Word is that it was God’s Will not to heal him at the time Paul had to leave.
Let this be a lesson to us. So if your balloon gets popped, or if it gets away and floats slowly out of sight—–>know that there are more balloons in life. Pick your color!