Devotions

Saying No to God

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh…” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish… 

–Jonah 1:1-3 (ESV)

Have I ever said “no” to God? Well, I have to be honest. I have. 

Thinking about my relationship with God, I realize there are things that I know would please God, yet I don’t do them. Instead, I want to do my own thing. I know deep down that doing what God wants is best, but sometimes I have a fear, or simply a selfish desire, that makes me choose to say no to God.

Jonah certainly had a clear directive from God to “go to Nineveh.” Yet, Jonah did not want to see those people possibly repent and receive God’s mercy. All that Jonah could think about was that those people were his enemies.

When God said go to Nineveh, Jonah went in the opposite direction. That was really saying “no” to God.

I think there are a number of ways that I say “no.” If I don’t even care enough to seek God through His word, then how am I to know what God wants from me? That is the biggest way to say “no.” I just don’t seek Him.

There are other ways. I can be afraid of the results of obeying. In other words, I think that I know more than God knows. Not good.

I can also just be selfish. I do what I want to do. I make myself the most important person in my little universe. i don’t align myself with God’s plans.

As I follow Jesus as not only my Savior, but my Lord, I want to say “yes.” I want to seek Him, especially through His word. As I submit myself to His way, my life will have meaning not only now, but throughout eternity.

Prayer: Lord God, please forgive me for saying “no” to You. I confess that at times I don’t seek You, I think I know more than You, and I am selfish. I commit today and throughout this new year to always say “yes” to You.

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