How to Tell God “No”

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May 3, 2012 by Chris French

                Sometimes God puts something in front of us that we just don’t want to do. It’s going to take too much time/money, it doesn’t project the right perception of me, I’m scared and all those other reasons we don’t want to do this thing God wants us to do. When that situation comes up how do you say no to God?

Jonah told God “no” when God told him to go preach to the Ninevites. He knew that if the people repented God would forgive them and Jonah wasn’t going to risk the Jewish archenemies being saved so he told God no by running in the other direction, literally. Jonah’s attempt at telling God no didn’t work out. He ended up getting in a vicious storm, having to be thrown overboard, being swallowed by a whale and ended up doing what God wanted him to do anyway. He preached to the Ninevites, they repented and God forgave. The best way to tell God no isn’t by running from Him.

Moses also tried to tell God no. He’s out in the middle of nowhere tending sheep when he sees a bush burning. When he goes over to see what’s going on he comes in contact with God. He tells Moses that his new job is to go get Israel out of Egyptian slavery. Moses starts making excuses. No one is going to believe him and even if they do he’s not an eloquent man. God takes care of both those excuses by giving Moses miraculous powers and sending his eloquent brother Aaron with him. Finally Moses breaks down and just asks God to send somebody else. He told God no. Guess what happened? He ended up leading the entire nation of Israel out of the Egyptian’s hands and bringing them to the cusp of the Promised Land. The best way to tell God no isn’t by making excuses.

The best way to tell God no is to say yes! Does the action in question bring glory to God? Is it within the realm of possibility for you to do? Then do it! Say yes. “No” doesn’t seem to work very well anyhow.


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