No, Jack (or No, Rich)

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Posted in Devotional

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a reference to the book, "No, David!" If you have kids, or if you work with them, you've probably heard of it. It's a story about a little boy who gets into everything and how his mom corrects him all the time. I thought about how I do that with my 15-month-old Jack. Whether he is trying to eat the dog food, stand on the furniture, or unplug things from outlets, I seem to say, "No, Jack," quite a bit.

I was at a church meeting the other day, and someone asked how Jack was doing. I said he was getting big and that he's becoming very ornery and getting into everything. The person then said to me, "Not much different than us?" I chuckled and agreed with him, but I immediately began to think about that statement in a spiritual sense.

How often do I act like Jack when it comes to my spiritual life? Is God looking at me and saying, "No, Rich!" sometimes?

Although I would love to say the answer to that question is no, I'd be fooling myself. Unfortunately, there are times that I try to do things that I think are good for me, and God, knowing what's best, tries to correct me. I tell Jack "No" so that he doesn't hurt himself. God does the same thing to me through the Holy Ghost. He doesn't want me to get spiritually hurt by making a poor decision. He wants me to listen to Him because His ways are always the right ways.

There are several people in the scriptures who we can point to as examples. Moses (striking the rock rather than speaking to it in Numbers 20:2-13), David (his lust for Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11-12), and the Brother of Jared (not calling upon the Lord for four years in Ether 2:14-15) come to mind. In each of these cases, the Spirit was telling them "No," but they acted in their own ways. There were consequences, just as I experience them when I fail and just as Jack experiences them when he doesn't listen.

However, just as the book "No, David!" ends, a repentant son (or daughter) hears the words from his parents or Heavenly Father, "Yes, I love you."

P.S. Happy Veteran's Day!

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  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    11 November 2014 at 21:06 |
    Thank God, He is merciful to us when we don't listen and do the wrong things! Where would we be if there were not consequences for when we do wrong. I learned the opposite is just as true. One thing I learned from being around Sis. Donna Bogle's son, Jacob, who is autistic was how important it was to tell him when he did things right. The TSS were very good about emphasizing when Jacob did right. A couple times I brought over my nephew to play with Jacob while the TSS was there. They were only 6 and 4 at the time. I was very concerned how the two would play together and I was a bit critical of my nephew. I would tell him when he did things wrong. When he did things right I did not say anything because that was what he was supposed to do. But as the TSS would praise my nephew when he did the smallest thing right, I saw a change in him. He had more of a desire to do things the right way and do as he was told. I noticed and took note of what was happening before my eyes. To go along with your message Bro. Rich, I am thankful for the blessings God gives me when I do, do things too!! :)

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