Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 (additional reading: Psalm 15:1-5 and Proverbs 19:18-19)
How do you respond when God says “No”? David is getting old and His heart’s desire to build God a house. It seemed a wonderful holy request, but God said, “No.” How you respond when God says “No” reveals your true spirituality. Using David as our primary example, let me suggest four right ways in which to respond when God says “No.”
1. Praise him for all the times that he has said “Yes.” David was a king. He lived in a grand palace. God had brought him from the days of being a shepherd boy into being the greatest man on the planet. Life was good! Before you get angry with God for telling you, “No,” remember all of the great blessings He has given you!
2. Pray and ask him for wisdom on why he said, “No.” Why did God say “No?” It was not as if David was asking for some illicit request. What a great desire, “To build God a place of worship for God.” And yet God said “No.” Why? Let us remember that God is infinitely wiser than we are. We need to begin with that. God is not simply up in Heaven wanting to make our lives less happy. He wants what is best for the kingdom.
3. Know that when God says, “No.” He means “No.” David did not try to go around God’s directive. He did not ask God for a second opinion. God had said, “No.” And that was that.
4. Help someone else to achieve the desires of their heart. Now here is a beautiful picture. As we read the rest of this chapter, we see David as the old king with his teenage son, Solomon. David gets out the blueprint for the Temple. He told Solomon that God had revealed to him the pattern for the building on the Temple. In your mind’s eye, envision this Father and Son team leaning over a desk and studying the pattern of the Temple together. David did not quit his ambition. He still wanted to build a Temple for God. God had told him “No.” Instead of pouting and quitting, he made every effort to help someone else achieve this desire.
- How do you respond when God says, “No?”
- How can you help others to achieve the desires of their heart rather than getting bitter?
Father, Thank You that You are a good Father. Thank you that when You say “no” it’s because You want the best for us. Help us to thank You for every answer to prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen