Devotional: Let Your Yes Be Yes

But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.” - Matthew 5:37 CSB

But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.” – Matthew 5:37 CSB

Have you ever said yes to do something but later regretted it and wish you could go back in time and say no? Even if what you said yes to isn’t a bad thing but a good thing? I have. Maybe you find yourself too busy all of a sudden or overwhelmed. Either way, I’ve been there too. Awhile back, I was invited to speak at a local volleyball league one Saturday morning and as the event got closer I began trying to make up excuses for myself as to why I wouldn’t be able to make it. While I was wrestling with trying to come up with a reason to bail the Holy Spirit kept telling me, “Aaron, you asked me to expand your influence and I have given you an opportunity.” The day before I found out about being asked to share a devotional at the volleyball academy I had prayed the prayer of Jabez:

Jabez was more honored than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only you would bless me, extend my border, let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not experience pain.” And God granted his request.” – 1 Chronicles 4:10 CSB

The Lord answered my prayer! And here I was trying to find any reason to back out of what I asked God to do for me. The day before I was to speak I had a message ready to send on Facebook Messenger to the woman in charge with the excuse that my wife and I had to move all of our furniture into the house we were buying and I wouldn’t be able to come share a morning devotional. As I wrestled back and forth in my heart about going the Lord reminded me of Matthew 5:37. I had said yes and my yes needed to be yes. I had made a commitmentment and I needed to honor it, especially, because God had clearly given me an opportunity to speak after praying for more opportunities to do so.

After I went and shared I felt relieved. The turmoil of going back and forth from wanting to make excuses and go was gone, because I was obedient in doing what God asked me to do. I said yes and He told me to go. So I went. Today, be reminded that God honors obedience so let your yes be yes and your no be no


  1. Can you relate to wanting to back out of a commitmentment that you made?
  2. Have you ever went through with backing out of a commitment? How did that make you feel? How do you think it made God feel?
  3. Why do you think God wants your ‘Yes’ to be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ to be ‘No’?

– Aaron


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