The other morning I read a verse from Hebrews that I’ve heard and read dozens, maybe even hundreds of times.

Let us hold strong to the confession of our hope, never wavering, since the One who promised it to us is faithful.” {Hebrews 10:23}

Later that morning, in church, my pastor preached on the power of the word ‘yes’ – saying ‘yes’ to one thing implicates a ‘no’ to something else. It works in reverse as well, saying ‘no’ to one thing becomes saying ‘yes’ to something else. For instance, if I say ‘yes’ to having coffee with you, I have essentially said ‘no’ to being at home with my kids for that time frame. Or if I say ‘no’ to answering my phone while on a date with my husband, I have just said ‘yes’ to being in the moment with my husband. The message was laced with profoundness (not profanity – ha!) and revelation to my heart.

Not only does this yes concept apply to us as humanity, God has bound Himself to it as well. Consider 2 Corinthians 1:20,

In Jesus we hear a resounding ‘yes’ to all of God’s many promises…

When God says ‘yes’ to something we have asked for or that He has already guaranteed through the Bible, that becomes a ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t line up with or work toward the ‘yes’. When we don’t understand this, life can sometimes get frustrating. Sometimes, even when the answer is ‘yes’, it’s also ‘later’. And that can mean a few ‘no’s’ in the meanwhile. Sometimes we… ok, sometimes *I*…  begin to question whether I really heard a yes or a no. Or if God remembers what He said.

I’m so glad for God’s little reminders to me, like the verse from Hebrews the other day, “..the One who promised it to us is FAITHFUL.” If He said ‘yes’ then He meant it. With that ‘yes’, there are probably a few ‘no’s’ to lesser things. And the Promiser is faithful to follow through on that YES.

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