God cannot say no to what He has already said yes to.
Today’s Scripture reading comes from 2 Corinthians 1:20, quoting from the NASB:
“For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore, also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
Spare me the goat trails. Just give me a straight answer! Ever had one of those days when all you wanted was a straight answer?
If the Corinthian people ever desired a straight answer, Paul gave it to them. God’s promises are “Yes,” and the appropriate response is “Amen” (so let it be). There’s no gray, no verbal spin, only a matter of fact “Yes.” Leaders operate in a fact-based realm that sometimes calls for rapid fire decisions. Paul, Silvanus and Timothy preached a fact-based gospel. In our flesh, so much of what we say is colored with political viewpoints and opinions, but God has not called us to deal in questionable, opinionated answers. His Word is sure and certain. How can we know that His Word is true?
Consider Paul’s approach, written about in Acts chapter 18: “When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the Word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.” Paul’s unwavering confidence in the Lord’s intent and direction enabled him to speak truth and to move on when his message was rejected.
Are you seeking clarity from God on a matter but are uncertain that you are hearing correctly? Here is a thought: Do not ask for something for yourself but ask that His will in that situation be done and earnestly desire to be part of the answer. God cannot say no to what He has already said yes to.
Points to Ponder
Over the next week, here are 3 points to ponder during your personal time of reflection or with a small group or mentor.
- First, how do we know the truth? Those who continue in His Word know the truth.
- Second, God grants clarity to the concerns of our heart as we spend time with Him and seek His guidance.
- Third, are you embracing the promises of God, or are you relying on your own understanding?