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    Back in 2007 when I was preparing to retire from military service, I networked for employment. The goal was to have secured a job sufficient to pay the bills and with my retirement, my wife would not have to also work. She would be free for ministry work. I got to know the people I'd be working with, spoke with the program manager, etc. I literally lined up everything while I waited for the day that the job "opened" for resumes to be submitted.



    I submitted my resume and within 10 work days of the application period closing, I had an interview date/time. The interview went splendidly. The next day I submitted my "thank you" letter even. At that time, the wait began. Couple of days later I received confirmation on usajobs(dot)gov that I had not gotten the job. I did call the project manager and requested a time to come speak with him and discovered that I did not have a certification and that all my experience, mattered nothing in the decision process. This person admitted that if he was in charge, I'd be the one getting the job based on my experience. He mentioned how he would have to do intense OJT for the person they did hire.



    During this entire time, in praying to God and based on my "skills and talent" concerning what this job entails, the job would be more about a passion I have with technology and "IT." At that time, I was SURE, this was the job God had for me.



    Nope.



    Today, I discovered that had I gotten that job, I'd be out of a job in the next year. Not going into detail but the moment I found out, seems the Holy Spirit brought all this back to the forefront of my memory and pointed out that NOW I see how God was helping/protecting me by saying, "NO", to that job back in 2007.



    Sure I was upset back then, voiced my frustrations to God but also submitted and waited for the job God DID have selected for me. I can look back over the years with a greater clarity and now that it is due, THANK God for looking out for me in providing a job that is more secure.
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    Slug1--out

    ~"In the turmoil of any chaos, all it takes is that whisper that is heard like thunder over all the noise and the chaos seems to go away, focus returns and we are comforted in knowing that God has listened to our cry for help."~

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    Re: God is so Good, in saying, "NO!"

    Amen! I to am beginning to learn that God really does know the end from the beginning.
    Don't seek too much knowledge. You just may be putting more weight on your shoulders than you're able to bare. Let God be the one to decide how quickly you grow.

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      Re: God is so Good, in saying, "NO!"

      Nice testimony Slug. The unknown is Known but unknown to us until it is known by us from the One who Knows. Good stuff. Thanks for the sharpening of my iron.

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        Re: God is so Good, in saying, "NO!"

        Thanks for sharing this Ken. I think one of the biggest battles I face... I think I am smarter than God. Well, not really if you ask me straight up. But then I get upset about something and yet, He is in control. If He knows what is best, why am I upset? Why do I waiver? Why do I hesitate? Because I think I know better. Took a lot of desert time to get some of that out of me.
        Matt 9:13
        13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
        NASU

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          Re: God is so Good, in saying, "NO!"

          Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
          Thanks for sharing this Ken. I think one of the biggest battles I face... I think I am smarter than God. Well, not really if you ask me straight up. But then I get upset about something and yet, He is in control. If He knows what is best, why am I upset? Why do I waiver? Why do I hesitate? Because I think I know better. Took a lot of desert time to get some of that out of me.
          Over the past few months during our Bible Study at church, there are scriptures we have to memorize. Here is one concerning the topic of prayer:

          John 16:24 Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

          The cliche that God's work is sometimes mysterious is true. In this situation, the NO came to a completion and the "Joy" is a final fruit of that prayer so long ago.
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          Slug1--out

          ~"In the turmoil of any chaos, all it takes is that whisper that is heard like thunder over all the noise and the chaos seems to go away, focus returns and we are comforted in knowing that God has listened to our cry for help."~

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            Re: God is so Good, in saying, "NO!"

            Love your post my friend.

            To "realize" the "why" later is so important. If we miss that, it hurts our growth. We can't reach our next level without looking for God's hand on us.
            Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Matt 5:6

            I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15

            Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
            And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
            Matt 25:46

            For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
            and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
            1 Tim 6:10

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