Journal Entry ~ 03/09/18

But the LORD said to David my father, 'Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. - 2 Chronicles 6:8

We all have plans for our lives as David did, and we expect God to fulfill that plan when we bow in prayer to Him. But God’s plan for our lives may be different, and learning to accept His ‘no’ is so hard. He knows the desires of our hearts, so He knows when our prayers are to honor Him.  How we respond when He says no is critical. 

David wanted to build a temple to glorify God. His desire was pure and God honoring, but God said no.  David was a warrior and God wanted a man of peace to build His temple. He knew David’s desire was righteous, but He still said no. 

We can look to David for how we should respond when God says no. David’s reaction to God’s plan is a model for us. David didn’t raise his fists in anger, he didn’t complain about it, he didn’t turn His back on God or question God’s love. David continued to honor the Lord and trust that His plan was better. When things do not go as we planned—when God closes a door—we should continue to praise the Lord and then move on in a new direction. Rather than complain about what we can’t do, we should do what we can, giving God the glory.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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