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My friend and I had quite a conversation the other day. I remember her saying, "There is absolutely no way that I am going to do this! No way!" To which, without thinking, I replied, "Ya way!" What I meant to say was "Yes way!" We both looked at each other and realized what had come out of my mouth: I had spoken aloud the proper name of God in the Old Testament without realizing it.

"Yahweh" is the name of the Hebrew God, represented in Hebrew by the tetragrammaton (the four letters Yod Heh Vav Heh, transliterated into Roman script as Y H W H). It was only written and never spoken, because it was considered blasphemous to utter the name of God.

I did not get hit with a lightning bolt, but my outburst made me realize that when things look hopeless, Jesus says, "Yes way!"

2 Corinthians 1:20 – Christ says "Yes" to all of God's promises. That's why we have Christ to say "Amen" for us to the glory of God. (CEV)

Just look at the hopeless news: government corruption; civil unrest, uproar, and fighting in the Middle East; gang rapes and murders; random automatic rifle massacres; economic downturn and unemployment on the rise; and life-threatening weather patterns that seem to plague our world. It seems that the whole world is in chaos with no hope in sight.

1 Peter 1:3-6 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (NIV 2011)

It is at times like these when we need to put our trust in our Creator and believe that He is still in control, even though it looks like everything is out of control.

Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (NIV)

Prayer: God of the universe, Creator of all that is seen and unseen, we humbly ask You to grant us Your peace when things look hopeless. When we say, "No way", You say, "Yes way". You are able to bring about peace in a world that seems to be in a state of chaos. You are our hope. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Rosemary.

    Amen, Amen, Amen.

    Well said. Blessings.

    You have put my thoughts into a meaningful devotional. Thank you!!

    If that was not true We would be “of all men most miserable!”

    Rosemary, Thank you for the wonderful devotional. It was one that our family really needed this week. God sent you as His messenger today.

    Dear Rosemary: You always seem to put in writing what is on my heart!
    Bless you!

    Rosemary – thank you for this insight into the fact that our God is definitely in control.
    May you this day be blessed from our Lord.

    Rosemary, this is awesome what you shared with us. Thank you. I enjoyed it very much. Keep sharing with us. May God continue to bless you, and May You have a Wonderful and Blessed and Happy Easter.

    Rosemary, thank you for today’s devotional on “Yes, Way.” I am often discouraged by the news of the day and think I should stop reading about the state of our earthly world. Your writing encouraged me to face the dreadful state of things with certainty that God is in control.

    Thanks Rosemary for the wonderful assurances in your devotional today. With all the war, strife and uncertainty we see around us these are truly times when we must “put our trust in the Creator and believe that He is still in control”. And I might add the words of that chorus “God is still on the throne and He will remember His own…”
    God bless.

    Dear Rosemary,
    Thank you for your devotional. I particularly liked:
    It is at times like these when we need to put our trust in our Creator and believe that He is still in control, even though it looks like everything is out of control.
    I enjoyed your scripture from Matthew and your prayer.

    Good Afternoon Rosemary:
    As you so ably described, the Lord is indeed our only hope in these days of chaos throughout the entire world and even though it looks to us like everything is out of control, I know He who sits on the throne will have the final say and as promised, He will come again in all His glory and rule over our lives forever. It will be so very wonderful because at that time, every knee shall bow down and worship Him and once again there will be peace on earth with no political interference.
    A message that assures us “with man much is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
    Have a pleasant weekend and a beautiful Easter, once again, thank you for all the beautiful devotional writing you do for our pleasure and Christian growth.

    Your reflection has been a good encouragement this morning. What would we all do without these wonderful reflections. They really make a difference in my life. I often feel as if I have a friend waiting for me each morning, and the Lord is always with us. Thanks so much. God bless Amen, Amen, Amen.

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