I always vowed that I would never utter a particular phrase that my parents used on me all the time. It’s a familiar phrase to many of us, a phrase that doesn’t mean what it says, but rather is used to simply hold off the truth. It goes something like this… Mom/and or Dad/can we go out to eat after church today? To which the parental unit so easily and effortlessly responds… “We’ll see.”
We’ll see, really? What are we going to see? Is something miraculously going to change between now and 15 minutes from now that is going to change a “we’ll see” to a “Yes?” Probably not. In fact, my daughter asked me a question the other day, to which I channeled my inner Bob and Sheila (that’s my parents) and responded with the phrase, “we’ll see.” My daughter without missing a beat walked away and said, “well that’s a no.”
How true is that? Does “we’ll see” just delay the inevitable? Have I said “we’ll see” so much that the phrase itself is associated with “No.” The answer to the last question is a resounding “Yes!” When I need more time, or I don’t feel like letting my kids down with a “No,” I typically respond with, “we’ll see.” Imagine if Jesus treated us the same way:
- Jesus, will you overthrow the Romans once and for all? We’ll see.
- Jesus, will you really die and be risen in three days? We’ll see.
- Jesus, did you really heal that person forever? We’ll see.
- Will my sins be truly forgiven? We’ll see.
Truth be told, I would be really nervous if Jesus’ answers were as ambiguous as “we’ll see.” Think about all the promises in scripture; think about all the questions God and Jesus were asked by man, and think about how often you heard God or Jesus respond with, “we’ll see.” I’ll make it easy for you, you can’t. Even when it was hard and difficult to say, both God and Jesus said “Yes” or “No.”
Paul took an opportunity over a dispute regarding his travel itinerary to confirm that neither God nor Jesus ever wavered between “Yes” and “No.” Paul even pushes back on us “we’ll seers” in verse 17.
2 Corinthians 1:17-20 (NLT) 17 You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” 19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
If we were honest, we typically associate God with “No” verses “Yes.” For many of us we can’t get past the mental image that God is some cosmic cop who sets up unfair speed traps to catch us… well speeding. In our mind God is not just the cop, but he’s the judge we stand before when we try to dispute the ticket. Truth be told, God is a judge, but he’s a righteous judge. And although we associate God with a holy “No” all the time, there are things he said “Yes” to; he said “Yes” to his Son Jesus Christ!
Jesus was the fulfillment of ALL of God’s promises! He is God’s ultimate “Yes!” You have to know, God keeps all of his promises! Think about Acts 16:31 (NLT) “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” Or, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17)!”
Joshua even says at the end of his life in Joshua 23:14 (NLT) 14 “Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!
Today as you make your way, rest assure of this promise: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”