It’s tough hearing God’s “no,” especially when it doesn’t sound like protection, only prevention. Such is what King David might have thought when he was denied building the Temple. Enduring God’s “no’s,” however, is made possible only by realizing and recognizing that he has already given us the ultimate “yes.”
What happens when God says no? What’s your reaction to God’s denial? Do you throw a tantrum like a child? Or do you take it in stride trusting in his sovereignty? Your reaction to God’s negative replies reveals what you’re relying on and trusting in for your success, for you life. And learning from David’s response in 1 Chronicles 17, we are made to be encouraged, even when God says no.