2 Chronicles 6:8-9
But the LORD said to my father David, "Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name."
Hearing the Lord use the word nevertheless when He is speaking to us is so painful. “I know you wanted to do that, nevertheless” or “I know you felt called to do this, nevertheless” It is a proverbial, divine curveball and, like most batters, we hate curveballs because we are not anticipating the bottom dropping out. The "nevertheless" of the Lord is most difficult when we think we are walking in His will. David understood the specific pain that this one word can bring when he set his heart on the honorary task of building the House of the Lord, only to hear the Lord say to him, “nevertheless you shall not build the temple.”

As frustrating as it can be, how we respond to hearing the Lord say "nevertheless" will reveal the true state of our hearts. If we respond with anger and bitterness, then our hearts were not in the right spot in the first place and, most likely, the thing we were striving for could end up being an idol in our life. However, if we, like David, respond in humility, then we are freed to set others up for the success we might have desired. With humility, we are even given the ability to celebrate with and for them when they achieve it. As we have discussed before, humility is the key!

What are you striving for and how would you respond if the Lord said "nevertheless" to you? “Not that, but this”? May I encourage you to walk in humility? Aim to decrease self and increase the Lord and hold all things loosely, giving the Lord the editing rights on your autobiography.