You got a plan, want to do it, have everything ready and it just don’t realise. All kinds of obstacles come in the way and God says ‘No.”
Have you prayed with good intentions, only to have God say no?
Disappointment sets in because we really thought that is the good thing to do and we were so ready and prepared to do it. What now?
David lived in a beautiful palace with cedar walling (2 Samuel 7). While living in luxury, he knows the ark of the covenant is in a tent. That was unacceptable to David. He wanted to build the temple for God.
His intentions are good. To build a temple for God is the right thing to do. BUT God said ‘No,’ in a very nice way (2 Samuel 7:11-16).
There are always good reasons why God says ‘no.’ David’s request was a good one. Though by saying ‘no’ God did not reject David. God wanted to do something even greater in David’s life – let the Messiah been born from his descendants.
In this case God didn’t want a warrior to build the temple – a man with blood on his hands (1 Chronicles 28:3).
What to do when God says ‘No’
- Listen carefully to God. Both David and Nathan kept their hearts open for God’s leading; and, when the Lord spoke, they listened and obeyed.
- Obey God. David let his plan to build the temple go.
- Do what you can do. David, though he could not build the temple, gathered the material for the temple in order for his son, Solomon to build the temple.
- Accept your role. David accepted his part in God’s plan and didn’t try to go beyond it.
- Use the other opportunities God gives. When God says no to your plans, use the other opportunities God gives.
- Look for God’s other plans for you. David thought God’s plan was for David to build the temple, but God had an even greater plan, Jesus’ birth from David’s descendants.
- Have faith. Accepting God’s ‘no’ requires even greater faith than doing His ‘yes.’