That Unique Word “No!”

That two letter word “No!” can and too often does seal human beings’ lost condition for all eternity! God’s abounding grace and mercy is freely offered (at infinite cost to Himself) to any and all who will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. To say “No!” to that leaves God with no other choice but to consign that soul to eternal separation from Himself. We may only have one opportunity or we may have several opportunities but when our “No!” is final, there is no escape! “He, that being often reproved hardeneth (his) neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). But what happens when God says “No!” to one who has received Jesus? When a parent, with love for and with wisdom says, “No!” it’s for the child’s welfare! It’s no different when our Heavenly Father says, “No!” to His children. We can be completely convinced that what we ask for is good and right. God knows if it is or isn’t! Psalm 84:11 guarantees that “….no good (thing) will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” For reasons known to Himself, He may withhold a good thing for the right time to give it. (Would you let an eight-year old drive your car)? We can, should and must trust God’s love and wisdom. In George Croly’s hymn, “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart,” the fourth stanza speaks to when God says “No! “Teach me to feel that you are always nigh;  teach me the struggles of the soul to bear, to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh; teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.” Selah! Conversely, think of when He says “Yes!” to the repenting sinner; think of when He says “Yes!” to His redeemed child. Think on the blessings to follow!    Ron

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