Sometimes the answer is “no”

​2 Samuel 7:8-15

Now therefore this is what you are to tell my servant David: ‘This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: “I took you from the pasture myself—from tending sheep—to become Commander-in-Chief over my people, that is, over Israel. “Furthermore, I have remained with you everywhere you have gone, annihilating all your enemies right in front of you. I will make a great reputation for you, like the reputation of great ones who have lived on earth.  I will establish a homeland for my people—for Israel—planting them so they may live in a secure location where they will never be disturbed anymore. Wicked people will no longer afflict them, as happened in the past when I had commanded judges to administer my people Israel. I’ll also grant you relief from all your enemies.”’ “‘The LORD also announces to you: “The LORD will himself build a house for you. When your life is complete and you go to join your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will come forth from your body, and I will fortify his kingdom.  He will build a Temple dedicated to my Name, and I will make the throne of his kingdom last forever. I will be a father to him, and he will be to me a son who, when he commits iniquity, I will discipline with the rod wielded by armies and with wounds inflicted by human beings. But I’ll never remove my gracious love from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed from your presence. Your dynasty and your kingdom will remain forever in my presence—your throne will be secure forever.”

1 Chronicles 17:3-14 runs parallel with 2 Samuel 7:8-15.  David’s request was good, but the Lord said “no.”  God did not reject David, on the contrary, He would make David’s house rule forever.  God had better plans for David than just building His temple.  God did not want a warrior to build His temple.  David spilled a lot of blood uniting the nations.  So the honor of building God’s temple when to Solomon, David’s son.  

1 Kings 5:3

“You know that my father David was unable to build a temple dedicated to the LORD his God because he was busy fighting wars all around him until the LORD defeated his enemies.”

Have you ever prayed to God and received “no” as the answer? You may have prayed with good intentions and a pure heart, but “no” was a constant answer.  This may be God’s way of steering you in another direction which allows you to a greater purpose or situation that you are currently praying for.  Accepting the “no,” and being faithful to God when you don’t want to is harder than accepting the “yes” and being obedient.  Staying faithful to His word is what faith is all about.  God will put you where you need to be in the right time. His time and not yours.  That is what you must remember when you may not be getting the desired outcome you want.  God is not rejecting you, but like David, He has something better in store for you. Have a blessed day y’all!


2 thoughts on “Sometimes the answer is “no”

  1. Amen. Part of my prayer life really changed once I stopped looking at it as give and takes, yes and no’s between God and I and requests I had for him, and instead just seeing his work in my life from his perspective. Instead he is the Wise Master, guiding me, and if something doesn’t make sense in his mind for him to allow in my life, than that’s that and I’m excited to move past it and on to the next best thing. Good post!


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