Evening Devotional

The Power of No’

“How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”

[GENESIS 39:9]

Negativity has gotten a bad rap. Sometimes a negative word is just what’s needed. A traveling salesman went into a local diner one morning and ordered breakfast. He was feeling a little lonely, so he said to the waitress, “Bring me a poached egg on toast and a good word.” She came back a few minutes later with his plate, set it down and began to walk away. “Wait a minute,” he said. “What about that good word?” She leaned down to his ear and whispered, “Don’t eat the egg!”

It’s important to observe some negatives in life. When Joseph was serving in Potiphar’s household, he experienced some serious sexual harassment from Mrs. Potiphar. Day after day she propositioned him, and it would have been easy to say “yes.” But Joseph said no. And he kept saying “no” until Potiphar’s wife grabbed him and he fled. He literally left his cloak in her hands and ran! When temptation comes to us (and it will!) we need to learn the power of “no.” We are not victims of circumstance or passion. We can choose to obey God and say “no” to Satan, and the best way to become good at it is to practice! We must take it a step further, however, and not only to say “no” to temptation, but to say “yes” to greater things: righteousness, faith, love and peace. Will you practice your yes’s and no’s today?

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

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