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
I read a quote yesterday that reminded me of our verse this week: “Sometimes God closes doors because it’s time for you to move forward. He knows you won’t move unless your circumstances force you. Trust God always.”
Sometimes God says no because it’s the only way for Him to get us to move in the direction He has for us. The truth is we won’t willingly walk into situations where He can grow our faith or transform our hearts because they’re scary and they’re hard. But He knows what’s in it for us, so He says no when we’ve been pleading for a yes.
Sometimes His no is quick and obvious, and sometimes He is slower to reveal His no. Sometimes He redirects us with a different plan, sometimes He sends in a trusted friend to tell us no, sometimes it’s through a lack of peace about a plan. But however He says it, His no pushes us in a direction we don’t want to go.
Our struggle is accepting the no and moving in the direction He calls us to move. Far too often, we choose the path of resistance and fight His no. We continue to plead for a yes, and we move forward with our plan despite the warning signs and the obvious no. We grow angry that God didn’t accept our plan, we shake our fists at the sky and question why, we turn our backs on God, feeling He has betrayed us - all because we believe our plan is greater than the God of the universe.
David submitted and accepted God’s plan for his life and was ultimately blessed by all God has for him. He didn’t like it, but he trusted in God’s sovereignty over all and in His plan. We have the same choice when we hear no. Trusting in what I can’t see yet, knowing the God of the universe loves me and wants what’s best for me, prompts me to move forward with Him and trust where He leads, even in the no.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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