Saying “Yes” to God

I believe this is a word of exhortation for someone…

"O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God.' Selah" (Ps 3:1-2). Years ago, my wife and I struggled over a terribly uncomfortable and frightening decision we felt God calling us to make. I remember praying out loud with my wife, describing to God in detail all the problems we would have to face if we said "yes" to this decision. Suddenly it occurred to me that if this was God's will for our lives, then all the problems I listed were not my problems, they were God's. So I turned the problems over to God one by one. Suddenly, my wife and I were filled with a peace that passed all understanding, and we joyfully said "yes." Over the weeks and months ahead, I often had to remind God (and myself) to deal with "his problems," and sure enough, he made a path through the sea. Looking back, I realize that the way I prayed that day with my wife is based upon a biblical pattern. David begins his prayer in Psalm 3 by telling God, "many are my foes" (v. 1), and then concludes with the confident proclamation: " I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around" (Ps 3:6). David describes "many [who] are rising against me" (Ps 3:1), and prays in turn: "Arise, O LORD!" (Ps 3:7). David voices to God the taunt of his enemy, "There is no salvation for him in God" (Ps 3:2), and then reminds himself, "Salvation belongs to the LORD" (Ps 3:8). Are you struggling with a decision because of the problems you will face if you say "yes"? Let David's prayer in Psalm 3 be your guide by ascribe all the problems you've listed to their proper owner! "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet 5:6-7).

Let’s make 2023 the year we say “yes” to all God has for us! Wishing you a blessed new year and praying God’s blessings upon you!

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