Yes, Yes, Yes

A reading for Monday, May 23, 2016: 2 Corinthians 1:12-24.

It's hard to believe sometimes that God is working outside of our own ability and knowledge. We are rugged individualists. We are taught that it all depends on us. If we want something, then we had better get to work and make the sacrifices necessary to get it. These are all part of our culture and they speak louder to us than anything.

It's hard to admit, but most of us operate as functional atheists, failing to believe in the power of God to do much of anything in our lives... "No?"

Listen to Paul's witness today about whether or not he would travel to Macedonia. Paul listened for the will of God. He did not travel to Macedonia, though he says he wanted to, because he believed God was actively discouraging him to do so. God was at work in Paul's world in profound and active ways. Others criticized Paul, failing to understand that he was under different authority than they were. They assumed he was being wishy-washy when it came to his plans. Paul was committed not to his own plans, but to what he perceived God doing in the world, his world.

For Paul and for us... Yes, God is still active and working on a mission. Yes, that mission is not dependent on us. Yes, we are included in that mission and participate with God. Yes, that's very good news!

"For in him every one of God’s promises is a 'Yes.' For this reason it is through him that we say the 'Amen,' to the glory of God."


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