When God Says, “No!”
II Samuel 7
Up to this time, David’s life has been filled with war, bloodshed, and trouble. David is now resting from his enemies, and a thought comes to mind, a desire to build a special dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant. The prophet Nathan is introduced in Scripture for the first time and will later record many of the events surrounding David’s life.
We must remember that Nathan is human––like the rest of us and the proposal David gave him sounded great. Nathan would have a new “church” in which to worship the Lord in, so he responded quickly. How did Nathan know God would want a building? Had Nathan talked to God about it? Maybe he reasoned as many of us do. “If it’s in the name of God, it must be okay.” That night as Nathan lay down to sleep, the LORD spoke to him and Nathan realized that he had spoken too soon, and would now have to go to David to admit that he had been wrong.
Though God had said, “No” to David’s dream of building the temple, He did give to David many blessings. One blessing would be that his son, Solomon, would be allowed to build the temple. We, as children of God, do not have the same promises as David did. But, God has promised that when we hurt, He will be there, when we cry out, He will hear our voice and when we believe and call upon His name, we will be saved.
What has happened in your life? Has God told you “No” to the most important desires you have longed for? Did that answer make you bitter against Him or are you better because of God’s sovereign work in your life (Romans 8:28)? I pray you will allow the Maker of this universe to do His work in your life even when He says, “No” to your heart’s greatest longing, and the things you treasure and hold so dear.
Lord, my heart’s desire is to do Your will.