I have learned that it is much easier to say “No” if we know what we are saying “Yes” to. The opportunity to say “Yes” when it really matters is often funded by the “No’s” that led up to that moment. This is true when it comes to many areas of life: finances, morality, relationships, time spent, and career direction. Nonetheless, saying “No” is still difficult. As a leader, I love the opportunity to say “Yes” to something that supports a child or family, spreads the Gospel, or advances the mission and vision of our agency. Each time, I am reminded this is only possible because of God’s provision.
Thankfully, we have a God who also likes to say yes! In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul offers this encouragement, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” Though it came at a great cost, God proved His faithfulness through the life and death of Jesus. After many years of what seemed like silence, God showed up in a big way and provided the clear path of redemption. The good news of the loving Savior is the best “Yes” we could ever hope for.
The writer of Hebrews documented the triumphant faith of many individuals in the Old Testament, while indicating that each died before the promises made to them had been fulfilled because complete fulfillment could only come through Christ. In response to the fulfilled promises, the writer begins the next chapter with a challenge, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (12:1-3).
We have heard God’s “Yes” proclaimed in the work of Christ. How much more should we demonstrate faith than those who came before? Yes, He is faithful! Yes, He will provide! Yes, He will heal! Yes, He has a plan! Yes, He loves you! Yes, He cares for you! Yes, He will meet your needs! Even when you can’t see it, and even when things aren’t shaping up the way you expected, the answer is “Yes.” When faced with doubt and fear, persevere to the “Yes.” It’s already there. You just can’t see it yet. As you journey toward the “Yes,” will you help others to find their faith in the promises of God? There are unreached and underserved people all around us who need to hear a “Yes” from God.