We all know about (and hopefully avoid) how disastrous it is to say “no” to the word of God. None of us want to be Jonah (fishbait), or Zacharias (made mute), or that one random prophet who got eaten by a lion for taking supper against the command of God (1Kings 13). The moral of the story is that when God tells you something, you respond with a hearty, “Yes, Sir!” We all know better than to stamp our little foot and refuse God.
But there’s more than one way to resist grace. There’s a passive resistance that doesn’t exsactly say no, but is much more subtle and just as sinful. It’s a dismissive apathy that echoes an age-old question — a question which smooths the way for an ensuing lie and rebellion — “Did God really say…?”
Nah. Surely God didn’t mean that. I’m probably exaggerating things. Doesn’t this sound like that one guy that one time who convinced himself God told him something and it wasn’t really true… I mean, I don’t want to be one of those people… I mean… I’ll think about it later.
Welcome to the wonderful whacked-out world of false humility.
It’s gross. It causes us to resist the grace of God on our lives. It’s a convenient, noble-sounding cloak for fear. But it’s straight from the pit of hell, and every bit as prideful as someone who struts around with their chest out, assuming that they are the most gifted and spiritual thing to grace the planet since Jesus walked the earth.
When the Lord gives us a clear word, and we go, “Aw, shucks, not really, not little old me…” then we have just disagreed with Him. We have presumed to know ourselves better than He knows us. We have a better idea of our weak frame than He does. We know how little we really can handle and how insignificant we really are. That’s sweet of You, God, but you don’t have to say stuff like that just to make me feel better.
No doesnt always mean “I dont wanna and You can’t make me” (active resistance). No sometimes means “That blows my mind too much — surely God didn’t really say” (passive resistance).
Either way, it’s still no. And by the grace of God it’s a “no” I don’t want to give any place to in my life. It’s time to stop overthinking and start trusting. It’s time to quit rationalizing away and start believing towards. It’s time to act like I believe the word of the Lord is serious business.
And somehow, it all comes back to meekness, to leaning on Him. It means I need to be a lot more like Jesus. A whole lot.
Thankfully He hasn’t left us orphans, so there is a Helper who will lead us into all truth. Praise Him for His patience and gentless and wisdom at navigating our goofiness. For real. He’s pretty awesome.