DEVOTION BY MARK FUGATE
GOD LOVES TO SAY YES
As a parent I’ve come to realize why my mom and dad told me no so often. Can I go home with Billy? (No) Can I drive the tractor (No) Can Ricky come over and fish? (No) – now they didn’t always say no but when they did I think I now know why. Saying no is easier than saying yes. Saying no puts an end to the matter right then and there – you don’t have to plan anything, or call anyone, or make any arrangements, no ends the matter completely. It’s harder saying yes because yes always gets you involved. Well if I’ve ever learned anything from the Bible it’s this great truth……
- God loves to say Yes
It’s an awesome nugget of truth tucked away in 2 Corinthians The first chapter.
- 2 Corinthians 1: 18 – 20 But as surely as God is faithful our message to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, by me, and Silas, and Timothy, was not yes and no, but in Him it has always been yes. For no matter how many promises God has made, they are yes in Christ.
The word inconvenient has never been in God’s vocabulary. He has plenty of time. He created and transcends time. This is so cool, our God loves to say yes. God will you help me? (Yes) God will you be there for me? (Yes) God will you meet my needs? (Yes) God will you forgive me? (Yes) God will you speak to me tonight? (Yes) Even when He says no He’s making room for a better Yes. Now that’s not the God that many grew up hearing about. Many of us were brought to believe that God is a God who is waiting for us to mess up. A God who rules with an iron fist and shouts No at every person who asks for anything or needs something. A God who wants to say no. I wonder how this makes God feel?
- It must be horrible to be this good but to be made to look this bad so often.
Listen this is good news. The Devil is all about limitation and God is all about liberation. If you’ve had the wrong impression about who God is, then take the time to get to know him better. You’ll conclude with me – God loves to say yes.