Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Thursday
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him, the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
No. It’s one of the first words babies learn. From an early age, we learn the power of the word “no,” and it’s ability to oppose another person. “Hanna, do you want to take a nap?” “NO!” “Do you want to clean up your toys?” “NO!” We can choose who we want and don’t want to be with this simple two-letter word. But sometimes the tables turn, and God tells us, “No.” What happens then? This powerful word, when quickly said, can pack a lot of disappointment and pain. There are so many things that the Lord has said “no” to in my life. Prayers prayed in earnest that were not answered the way I had hoped. Circumstances I have begged Him to change that He hasn’t. Heartbreak I have prayed to avoid that came crashing down anyway. There are some people that will try to tell you that God is happy when you get everything you want. And while it is true that God loves to bless His children, it is also true that sometimes that blessing comes in the form of a “no.” Here is what I am learning about God’s character: while He loves to bless us with the specific things we want, what He loves, even more, is to bless us by giving us Himself. Recently, I was asking God why He hadn’t delivered a particular thing I so desperately wanted, and He whispered to me this truth, “You won’t get everything you want in this life, but in the middle of every single ‘no,’ Christ Himself is always your ‘yes.’” In your pain, can you have more of Jesus? Yes, every time! In the middle of your anguish and despair, in your disappointment and brokenness, is He drawing near, giving you more of His comfort and love? Yes.
- Have you ever stopped to think that there could be a real blessing in God’s “no?” If you are hearing “no” from the Lord today, lean in and ask Him for more of Himself.