Telling God No


August 11 (Acts 10:14)

“No, Lord,” Peter declared.  (NLT)

I was listening to Danielle Strickland, who takes the gospel to those involved in prostitution and human trafficking, deliver a talk, and when she referenced this verse, she said it was a contradiction and moved on, but I couldn’t.  That observation punched me in the face.  One of two things is true.  If Jesus is truly your Lord, you can’t tell Him no.  If you really mean no, then He isn’t your Lord.

Of course, Jesus was Peter’s Lord, and this was Peter’s typically impetuous response, this time to a vision in which God was telling him to eat animals that his Jewish heritage told him were unclean, but think about it for a moment.  If we surrender to God, we are giving up our right to tell Him no.  We are acknowledging His sovereignty over our lives.  If He is really and truly our Lord, then our only response ever to His call must be that of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

On top of that, why wouldn’t we say yes to God?  Jesus Himself taught us to pray that He would not lead us into temptation, so what are we afraid of?  Do we really think that God is going to trick us?  Do you honestly believe that He is going to yank the football away just as you go to kick it?  If God is truly your Lord and if He is indeed good, then why on earth would you ever tell Him no?

Jesus, when I hesitate to obey You, it reveals all my true fears and lack of faith.  Make me bold.  I do love You and have acknowledged You as my Lord and Savior, but I am also weak and allow so many other thoughts to affect my actions.  Help me to only and always to see You and follow Your lead with a quick and simple yes.  Amen.


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