Words from the Heart for Sunday March 24th, 2019
How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
2 Samuel 7:22 (NIV)
In Response to No
A practical article in Canadian Living magazine on learning how to say no to requests that come your way begins by saying this: “Ask yourself if your to-do list is already too long. If so, should you commit to another task? When we agree to do something for someone else, we are making a verbal contract which, if broken, erodes trust in the relationship. Consider the consequences of time constraints and broken promises before committing to anything.”
How do you respond when you ask for something and the answer is no? Most of us don’t respond well. We want our own way and will go to great lengths to get it. We ought to learn an important lesson from King David. His dream was to build a grand Temple in which God could dwell and His people could worship. Then the Lord spoke to the prophet Nathan who then passed that on to David. God told David that he was not to build the temple because he was a man of war. It would be one of David’s offspring that would build the Temple, and that is what happened – Solomon, David’s son, would build the Temple. How did David respond when he was told this? It is found in 2 Samuel 7:22: ““How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” The building of the Temple was a great dream of David’s. But David’s heart was so set on God’s will that David’s response to “no” was praise. May our hearts be that set on God’s will for our lives.
These have been words from the heart.