I did so poorly in high school math that I swore I would never have anything to do with numbers again; now I am a Financial Analyst.
The week I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree I told everyone I was done with school forever; I now have two Master’s degrees.
I grew up in Hawaii and like many other kids there I hated the military; I told my dad I would never join. Years later I separated from active duty in the Air Force as a Captain.
I could go on…
Michael Dwinell, author of Fire Bearer, contends that we can never say “Yes” to God until we have said “No” to Him first:
“Moses said, ‘No, I will not go. No, I will not go.’
Isaiah, pleading that he was a man of unclean lips, refused.
Peter, saying he was a sinner, balked.
Even Jesus in the garden wished that the cup should be taken from him.
All of them had been called by God, and all of them said, in some way, ‘No.’”
I have said “No” to God’s plans for my life (and seen those “No’s” turn to “Yes”) often enough to validate Dwinell’s conclusion, yet I find myself saying “No” to God again: “No, I don’t want to be a pastor; I’ll never let myself get ‘trapped’ in a church! There is so much I love about the body of Christ, but there are also many other things that make me so mad I want to break something.”
I wonder, God will get the last word on this issue?
When have you told God “No” in the past, and what was the result? What are you saying “No” to Him about today?