Bible Reading: II Samuel 12:1-23
Key Verse: Verse 20 – “Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.”
Key Words: Then David arose from the earth
Everyone who prays has felt the disappointment of an ungranted request. Our response at a time like this is a matter of great importance. We may either turn against God or be drawn closer to Him.
The well-known agnostic, H. G. Wells, became angry when he prayed and didn’t get what he wanted. While taking an accounting exam for which he was not prepared, he desperately pleaded with the Lord to “balance his books.” When the figures didn’t add up properly, he said, “All right, Mr. God, You won’t ever catch me praying again!” And he never did.
Compare this with King David’s attitude. He didn’t receive his request either when he asked that the life of his small son be spared. The prophet Nathan had told him the youngster would die, but the king pleaded earnestly with God to withdraw the penalty for his sin with Bathsheba. Yet the answer was no, and the child died. In response, David put on his best garments and worshiped God in the temple. Instead of rebelling, he said with assurance that someday he would be reunited with his son.
What a contrast in the way these two men reacted! H. G. Wells went on to live without faith and without hope. But David continued to have fellowship with the Lord. He lived to see the birth of Solomon, who was destined to become his successor to the throne.
When God doesn’t give you what you ask for, choose the path of humble submission. Yield in faith to the Lord, and He’ll give you peace and joy. It’s the only way to honor God when He doesn’t grant your request.
What to do:
✞ Remember, “no” is an answer as well.
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