When God Says No – Day 3

The spiritual disciplines of acceptance and gratitude are easy to practice when all is going well—when the sun is shining and our relationships are fulfilling, when work is going great and the sermon on Sunday touched our hearts. But when all is not well, discontent can rear its ugly head. All of a sudden we’re no longer satisfied with our appearance, our friendships, our lives. When we’re suffering, acceptance and gratitude can seem impossible.

This series of posts will follow my inward thoughts as I go through the book Acceptance & Gratitude chapter by chapter working through the ideas listed above.


This week, instead of writing a blog post I’d like to share some quotes from Chapters 3 and 4 in Acceptance & Gratitude and the Bible that really struck a chord in my heart. The chapters focused on Job and Jesus, and how they came to accept their circumstances and receive great blessings as a result.

“If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me. Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing.”
-Job 23:3-6

“Job discovered new depths to his faith as a result of his questioning. He was not afraid to speak out to God.”

 

“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me…. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
-Job 42:2-3, 6

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“He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.’ … Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, ‘My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.’”
-Matthew 26:39, 42

 


“When we think of the crucifixion story, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Jesus really didn’t want to be tortured and crucified. …There was only one way for Jesus to make his peace with what he was to endure, and that was to relinquish his will and accept the Father’s.”

“The Father said no to Jesus and then watched his Son’s agony…. The Father said no to his perfect Son. God said no to the Second Person of the Trinity. And Jesus accepted it.”

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“So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.… Job lived 140 years after that… Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.”
-Job 42:12, 16, 17

“Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifted his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshipped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.”
-Luke 24:50-52


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