THE POSSIBILITIES OF “NO”

01172018 Wednesday

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

David, the man after God’s own heart, prays that the life of his child would be spared and, yet, God said, “No.” When Jesus, his own son, asked that the cup of suffering might pass from him, God answered, “No.” When his faithful servant, Paul, asked that the thorn be removed, God responded, “No.” It’s a needed reminder that God’s “No” serves a greater purpose than would his “Yes” to our proximate request. God’s “No” means more and has fuller implication than our finite minds could ever fathom.

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