Devotions By Jan

“Yes Men”

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big-dog-at-conference-table-with-peopleScripture for Today: II Corinthians 1:17 “Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no?”

I am not sure I could trust any decision made at this meeting!  A dog is a people pleaser, and if he could talk, would say yes or no to go along with what others want to hear.  A dog could not be called “fickle” as he consistently will try to do whatever will please his humans.  Unfortunately, there may be others at a decision-making table that will make plans publicly and then privately undo them.

Today’s verse is about Paul’s change of plans.  He had originally intended to visit the church in Corinth twice, on the way to and from Macedonia.  He reassured them that he was a man of integrity and godly sincerity (verse 12).  Paul tells the Corinthians that he makes his plans relying on God’s grace rather than on worldly wisdom.  Today’s verse describes that worldly wisdom as saying yes when one means no, and no when one means yes.  It is a fickle way to make decisions!

We all make promises with good intentions but are unable to consistently come through.  Paul contrasts our resulting “yes and no speak” with God’s unfailing faithful response.   All promises God has made are YES in Christ! (verse 20)  He is always true to His Word.  He never goes back on His promise.  What He declares is always reliable and trustworthy.  I can and do build my life on those promises, trusting that He is faithful and I can always count on Him.

I sometimes fail to keep my word.  But Lord, I am so thankful that You never do!

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