Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”by Charles R. Swindoll

Read 2 Samuel 7:4--17

"David, you will know the delight of having a son by whom this temple will be built. Not through your efforts, but through your son the dream will be fulfilled."
It is not a question of sin here. It is not God's judgment that is coming upon David as a consequence of wrong. It is simply God's redirecting David's plan and saying, "This is a great resolve, but I say 'no' to you and I say 'yes' to your son. Now accept that."

Well, was David wrong to begin with---wrong in thinking of building the temple?
It is not a question of being wrong. It's a question of accepting God's "no" and living with the mystery of His will. We people on this earth package everything. And we expect God to package His plan for us just like we would. We want the logic that we use to be His logic. And when it isn't, we wonder what's wrong because it's not working out like we would have worked it out.
When God says no it is not necessarily discipline or rejection. It may simply be re-direction. You have pursued His will; you have wanted to do His will. With all good intentions you said, "By God's grace I am going to pursue this." And here you are, thirty or forty years later, or maybe only five years later, and it hasn't materialized.

Now if you listen to some people, you'll be put on a guilt trip. "You see there," they say, "you set your heart on God, but you have run from Him. You're out of His will." I don't know how many couples I have talked with who, early in their lives, had their life's plan all mapped out, but it didn't transpire. Perhaps the very road they are traveling is God's will for them, and it took His saying "no" to get them on that right road. Others were of little help.

The thing we have to do in our walk with God is to listen carefully from day to day. Not just go back to some decision and say, "That's it forever, regardless." We need to look at it each day, keep it fresh, keep the fire hot, keep it on the back burner, saying, "Lord, is this Your arrangement? Is this Your plan? If it is not, make me sensitive to it. Maybe You're redirecting my life."


Blogger Chrissy Cross said...

When Brian couldn't pass his NCLEX four times, God was saying a very emphatic no to us, we couldn't understand it and it was hard, it wasn't discipline it was training. Now I look back and I am thankful for that training, I have grown so much from God redirecting our life. Even when God says no, it can be a wonderful blessing and opportunity to grow in Him. Great post, just what I needed today.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess you heard a no on Monday. I am sorry for your disappointment, but no does not mean its over. I am praying for this situation and whatever the new outcome is that you will find peace in the meantime.


6:39 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Wow-I cannot even tell you how much I needed to hear that today-that resonated right into my heart. Thank you :)

I know we are on different journeys, but so much of what you write speaks right to where I am and greatly encourages me. I pray that God leads you through this time and that He will reveal His plan for you at the right time.

Blessings, friend~

9:35 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

By the way, I might borrow this ;)

9:36 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

I can relate on a different level. We lost 4 babies over the years, but if God hadn't of said no to them, we probably wouldn't have ended up with Ryder and Sydney; hard to imagine and I'm thankful for his "No's". Redirection, I like that word.

10:05 PM  

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