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Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 2: Response - Day 4
“TO SAY YES, YOU HAVE TO SWEAT AND ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND PLUNGE BOTH HANDS INTO LIFE UP TO THE ELBOWS. IT IS EASY TO SAY NO, EVEN IF SAYING NO MEANS DEATH.” —JEAN ANOUILH
My very official research (the people I know + me) has led me to believe that there are two kinds of people in the world: those that love change and those that don’t. When it comes to new things, I think we possess the chemical makeup of “NO” or “YES” as firmly as the color of our eyes.
Do you get excited about the possibilities of change, or does the status quo make you happy? Is the world an adventure to be had or a trial to be managed? Is change the chocolate sauce or the brussel sprouts of life?
God tells stories of people on both sides of the fence. Impetuous Peter, courageous Joshua and bold Samson are some “yes” men. They are willing to move forth with passion—but like the words immortalized in Top Gun, the greatest movie of my teenage life: their “ego is writing checks that their body can’t cash.”These bold men of the Bible might be willing to go wherever God would send them, but sometimes they can’t back it up.
God tells us stories of “no” men too. Jonah was a no man. So too Moses and Ananias. Their default is “no way God.” But God has a way of working with our “no’s” to help us make the best choice. God can be rather charming and convincing. Something about the God of all time engaging His reluctant workers in conversation is both disarming and persuasive.
As I study these men’s stories, I think of myself as a “yes” girl, much to the chagrin of my “no,”“maybe” and “let’s consider all the options” husband. I am of the mindset that I should say yes now and figure it out later—except when it comes to my Ninevehs. I think that’s a dangerous place to be. I can have myself convinced of my desire to say “yes” to God, but if I get real, even a short list of Jesus’ commandments has me reconsidering. Hmm, giving what people ask of me, and giving more than required? Submitting to one another in reverence to Christ? Praying for those who persecute me? Dying to self? Can’t say I’m always a YES to those. But today’s lesson is going to open our eyes to the great lengths God will go to for those who are willing to say... maybe.
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