I'm reading a novel which includes a bit on Mary, the mother of Jesus. The characters, Miriam & Mary, were talking about when Mary was told that she was to be the mother to God Himself, while yet a virgin.
"Miriam asked Mary, 'What if you had told the Messenger no? What then?'
"Mary spoke with childlike simplicity. 'But one does not say no to God.'
"Miriam suddenly realized what it was that made Mary different from other women. She was obedient, even to messages she did not understand. When she heard a heavenly message, she had obeyed it."
In reading this, I felt convicted. We are free to make our own choices; God is not like Locutus of Borg, saying, "Resistance is Futile." We CAN say "no" to God – and we all have. I have. But why? As James MacDonald is so fond of saying, "When God says, "Don't," He means, "Don't hurt yourself."
Obedience to the clear direction of God is a choice…and yet I see with stunning clarity the truth in those few words, which came from a novel of fiction, but are not fiction: One does not say no to God. To do so makes the difficulties of life even worse…and why would we want THAT? We need all the help we can get – so, take it. Take what He offers.
It is our choice.
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