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. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
My last Bible study was A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place (Beth Moore), and I fell in love with Exodus and Numbers and the tabernacle–topics that never did much for me before. (you get out what you put in, eh?) After the study was over, I decided to go through it again (sans the DVD sessions)–read through the workbook, look up the Scripture, scribble additional insights into the margins. It’s been wonderful. I need to spend more time reviewing things God teaches me.
Today’s title was “The Right Hand of God” and talks about Christ as our Great High Priest. How the High Priests of old could never sit–their job was never finished. Christ finished the job and sat down at the right hand of His Father. The Bible has a lot to say about God’s right hand, and everything He promises to do with that right hand is fulfilled in Christ who sits there.
I love what she writes about God’s yes–“Every time the Israelites slaughtered another animal, God shook His head no. It was not enough. The offering was accepted only on the basis that a yes would finally come. That afternoon on Calvary God cried out with agony mingled with relief, ‘Yes!’ At that very moment, all of God’s promises found their fulfillment in Christ.”
She goes on to say that sometimes we might wonder why God seems so different in the Old Testament compared to the New. “He’s the same God. He simply has a different answer: yes!”
Then she says, “You may be asking yourself…” (and it’s exactly what I was asking myself!) “Is she saying that God never says no?”
Good question. Does God give me everything I ask for? If I really have faith, can I have all the health and wealth I want to claim? There are a couple things I really, really want right now. Do I have a guarantee that God will give them to me? Not exactly.
She says God certainly does say no, “but His no is given only so that He can say yes to something better. If He has been forced to say no to you lately, rejoice! He is directing you to a point at which He can extend you a resounding yes! Keep driving in His direction. A better yes is just around the corner.”
So, when I pleaded with God to let me marry my high school boyfriend and He said no, did He have a better yes around the corner? YES! GABE!
When I pleaded with God to give me a certain job or let us move to a certain place or have a baby at a certain time, and He said no, did He have a better yes around the corner? YES, YES, YES!
When I begged God for this and that and this and that, and He said no…? YES, YES, YES, YES!
So, those things I really want right now? Those things I really want a YES answer for? If God says no, I can rejoice! A bigger yes–God’s yes!–is just around the corner. I’m choosing to believe this, because God has already proved it to me a thousand times over. My wants and “needs” are so naive and narrowly-focused. God can say no to me all He wants (easy to say, harder to accept), because He WILL say yes–just to something I can’t even fathom right now.
This gets tough when the “yes” I want is bigger than a book idea or some paid-off debt. What if the “yes” I want is my child’s life? What if I have to pray someday, “God, my child is very sick. Please spare her life.” What if He says no? Do I believe there’s a better yes in store for me then? I can’t go there. God will give me the grace I need if that kind of tragedy ever comes. No grace is promised for my imagination.
Last thing–she says that people often look at Christians as a “squelched, restricted, mindless group of people who serve a God who only says no.”
Then, “May this be the generation that seizes every opportunity to attest to a God who says yes–yes to salvation, yes to forgiveness, yes to abundant life, and yes to a mansion in glory. Christ is God’s yes!”
I’d love to hear your No/Yes story. Care to share?
1. Tell about a time God said no in order to give you a better yes.
2. Or share some of God’s yeses in your life, i.e. count some blessings!
3. Or tell about a yes you’re waiting on–and tell God you’re trusting Him that a no will mean a better yes.
Have a great weekend, friends! STAY INSIDE! (unless you live near the Equator)