Have you ever reflected on the power behind the word no? This singular word can protect you from harm, free you from an overly committed life, and allow you to avoid unnecessary spending, risky business deals, substance abuse, and bad relationships.
But we all know people who can’t seem to say no—even when it’s obviously the right answer. They see the temptation, they hear their friends’ warning, they’ve witnessed people before them who have crashed, but they still do the same destructive thing and end up crashing and burning because of it.
If only they would have said no, they could’ve avoided a lot of pain—both for themselves and others. But because of their sin, they embarrassed their family, ruined their reputation, or damaged their relationship with God.
But as long as we’re still breathing, God is still offering us grace and forgiveness. He wants to free us from the sin in our lives, and He gave up everything so we could be restored forevermore. We can still seize His gift, start honoring Him with our lives today, and say no to any evil temptation we face—because He will always provide a way out.
God gave us His Word with examples to learn from, so we don’t have to wonder what’s right or what’s wrong. He’s always been clear about the things we should say yes to and the things we should say no to. And for those who choose to obey God, they will find God to be faithful down to the very last detail.
- When’s the last time you said no to something or someone?
- May this be our prayer: “Lord, I’m seeing that behind every wise no is a better yes. As I read more of your Word and learn more about your truth, please guide my decision-making. Open my eyes to those opportunities I should say no to, and lead me on toward my best yes.”
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Lessons from Israel’s Idolatry
1 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. 2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.