Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

4 Reasons Why God Says No

Sometimes God says no. It’s a fact and we often don’t want to really think about it. Most of us hate to be told no.



I took this picture while visiting the hospitals in Atlanta. I saw the sign and couldn’t help but think how we often don’t read the signs around us.

The reason this sign is there is to serve as a warning. If I were to keep driving I would drive right into oncoming traffic. My persistence would make for a bad day and a short trip to the hospital. I wonder how often God says no to something that we keep pursuing?

Why would God say no to something in our lives?
  • When God says no he could be protecting us from potential destruction.
  • When God says no he could be protecting us from going in the wrong direction.
  • When God says no he could be wanting us to go in a different direction.
  • When God says no to something he could be saying yes to something better!
The Bible says in Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

Did you catch that?! Go ahead and read that verse again. I will wait for you here.

It says he can do more than anything I can ask or imagine. That’s crazy!

If I can dream it up, he can do more. If I can ask, he can do better.

Sometimes he says no because we’re asking too little from him.

Recently, my youngest daughter asked for something from me. She asked in a way like she was embarrassed to ask. It was such a small thing in my mind. I looked at her and said, “I’m your daddy. I can do much better than that!”

I gave her something much greater than what her little mind could think of. I think your Heavenly Father wants to do the same for you!

Go ahead and ask him for something that you think is significant.

Question: What do you need to ask God for?

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About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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3 Replies

  1. I need to ask God to help me better understand and use my experiences to serve others. My wife, in her incredible wisdom, recently said, “Write your heart out, and let God bring the followers.”
    My question is, “God, am I writing the right things to serve others? Am I being vulnerable and transparent? Am I being authentic and human?”
    Perhaps the answer is, “NO!” Perhaps I’m not being brave or have enough faith that I am protected by His love.
    Great insight, Eric.

    1. Eric

      It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and transparent with others. I’m trying to get there, but I’ve got a ways to go before I get there.

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