So let God work his will in you.
Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.
Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.
Quit dabbling in sin.
Purify your inner life.
Quit playing the field.
Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out.
The fun and games are over.
Get serious, really serious.
Get down on your knees before the Master;
it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
The Message Bible
I love how the Message Bible brings this to life for me. I can remember times when all my plans had failed. All the doctors plans had failed. And worse, the prayers of faithful people seemed to have failed. It is easy to have faith for healing when there is still hope coming from doctors. But what about when that stops? What or who is your hope in then? It’s unfortunate that it usually takes getting backed into a corner to get down on our knees before the Master, but all too often, that’s how it goes.
What if instead of getting into worry and fretting over symptoms and doctors reports and medical bills piling up, what if we got on our knees and allowed God to get us up on our feet, in His time and in His way? When the doctor brings a bad report, yell a loud no (to the devil, not the doctor) and say a quiet yes to God. Yes, God, Your will, Your timing, Your way. The report of the Lord is always greater than the report of the doctor. God is always on our side just waiting to be trusted. It is a major shift in thinking to go from accepting whatever comes our way and deciding to resist what the devil would like to deliver to us. We can always say no to the devil and his reports and say yes to God’s perfect report.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being available for me in my time of need. Thank You for answering when I call Your name. Help me to recognize those things I need to resist and help me to submit to Your perfect plan. Thank You that when I hit bottom and cry my eyes out, that You are there ready and able to rescue me. Amen.