“Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say ‘Yes, yes’ and ‘No, no’ at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:17-20
“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true.” Psalm 18:30
“Every word of God proves true.” Proverbs 30:5
While Paul altered his plans to visit the Corinthians, he did not waver in his love for them or concern for their spiritual growth. Circumstances, not his gospel message and impetus, had changed. To keep them from questioning his motive or commitment to them, he points them back to Jesus, the unchanging, faithful Savior.
And this Savior is a God of His word. He Himself fulfilled dozens of Old Testament promises in His coming, and fulfills every promise He makes to us. He is the embodiment of truth, of unchanging Yes and Amen. So be it, Agreed, This is true. Our Lord is able, benevolent, creative, divine, enough, faithful, and good. He is holy, immutable, just, kind, loving, merciful, and near. Jesus is omnipotent, present, quick to forgive, our Redeemer and Savior. He is trustworthy, unshakable, victorious, wise, and exalted. He yields His glory to none, and is zealous for His own. This is my Jesus, and all of His attributes are Yes and infinite forever. (Matthew 5:17-18; John 14:6)
What difference does this make in my daily perspective, my pondering, my plans? Do I fidget in foibles, or follow in faith? Will I scuttle out of meandering in ‘maybes’ to live with conviction in ‘Yes’?
All of God’s promises and provisions are given in Jesus. Do we grasp and rejoice in His every ‘Yes’ to us in Christ? Can and do we say a hearty ‘Yes’ to Him because of Christ? Where am I delaying, putting off, or turning down His call because I fear saying ‘Yes’ to Him? Are there places I stumble in my inadequacies rather than trek forward in His sufficiencies? Do I focus on my weakness instead of His strength? What would change in my life trajectory if I stood and with gusto consented a vigorous ‘Yes!’ to my King? (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
“‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, ‘Thus saith the Lord!’
Lord, may my life be proof of my ‘Amen’ to Your ‘Yes’ in Jesus. May I daily take You at Your word, and live it out in such a way that others say ‘Yes’ to You too.