God Says No

Yeses and Noes & Farmer’s Choice Breakfast

Genesis 2:16-17 (nirv)

The Lord God gave the man a command. He said, “You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will certainly die.”

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Jesus = freedom. However, while I wholeheartedly believe that, I think it’s important to be aware of the things that come naturally for us as humans, as sinners, as residents of a broken world. And one of those things that is ingrained in us is wanting what we can’t have.

It’s a tale as old as time; literally. It’s the reason we chase after the only guy who doesn’t give us the time of day. It’s why we cry over the college we didn’t get into and forget about the other acceptance letters that cover our refrigerators. And often times, it’s not even a matter of not wanting what we have as much as it’s about wanting what we don’t (or can’t) have.

We’ve all heard the story of Adam and Eve, the forbidden fruit, and sin entering the world so many times that I think we lose some of the detail in it. So often, I go back to the first chapters of Genesis to think about how God designed the world to be versus how it is now. And one of the things that jumps out at me is that Adam and Eve weren’t hungry when they ate that fruit. They didn’t even have to hunt for their food at that time. God spent nearly an entire day creating the land and plants.

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth grow grass, plants that make grain, and fruit trees. The fruit trees will make fruit with seeds in it. And each plant will make its own kind of seed. Let these plants grow on the earth.’ And it happened. The earth grew grass and plants that made grain. And it grew trees that made fruit with seeds in it. Every plant made its own kind of seeds. And God saw that this was good (Genesis 1:11-12 ERV).”

If it only took God 6 days to make the entire creation, and He spent one of those days on the plants and trees that produced food, how incredible do you think they were? It’s estimated that 8.7 million different species of animals live on the planet, and God spent the same amount of time creating them + us as He did creating the plants and trees; 1 day. And at the end of that day, God said that it [the plants He made] was good. Not the broken down, earthly version of good that we know. It was God’s version of good; perfect.

So, Adam and Eve didn’t need food. They probably hadn’t even tried all the different plants and fruits that God had created. Yet, they decided that they needed to have that particular fruit from that particular tree; the one tree God commanded them not to eat from. Why? Because they were told not to. And so it begins…

But there’s a way out of being a slave to the word no, and it comes through trust and prayer. First, we have to believe that if God’s telling us no, He has a reason for it. And we know that we can trust Him because He always has and always will provide everything we need. If Adam and Eve had stopped to look around the Garden at all the other plants and trees and food, they would have seen that God wasn’t keeping anything from them. He wasn’t holding back His goodness.

Second, we can bring our desires, our questions, and our struggles to God through prayer. We don’t have to face our temptations and limitations alone. I think that people often misunderstand obedience. They assume that in order to obey someone and their commands, they have to be happy about it or that it has to be easy. The longer we follow Jesus and learn to be like Him, eventually those things may happen. But often times, obedience is doing something that we know is right, even if we don’t want to. Jesus’ final hours in the Garden of Gethsemane is the perfect example of that. We read the internal conflict He faces of not wanting to suffer on the Cross, but choosing to obey God anyway.

Being told no pretty much sucks. There’s never really a pleasant time to hear it. But it’s an opportunity to grow, to learn, and to seek wisdom and understanding. It gives us the chance to be the humans we were created to be. The humans who need God’s help in order to walk faithfully through a time or a season of no. And the humans who need to be reminded of all the yes that’s already been given to us.

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Are there any areas of your life that God is telling you no? How can you choose the way that you see that no? What are some of the yeses surrounding that no that you can choose to focus on?

Pray

For God’s help in handling the noes in your life.

Farmer’s Choice Breakfast

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1 strip of bacon or sausage
  • 1 cup grated cauliflower (or pre-made cauliflower rice)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • pinch of garlic powder, salt, and pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Microwave cauliflower for 2 minutes and allow to cool
  3. Drain any excess water from cauliflower
  4. Add egg white, cheese, and seasoning to bowl and mix
  5. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil
  6. Form cauliflower mixture into 3 hashbrowns and cook for 15 minutes
  7. Remove hash browns from oven and allow to cool slightly
  8. In a skillet, cook scrambled egg and bacon
  9. Serve and enjoy
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I used the frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joes for this recipe and it makes it so much easier because I get to skip the whole turning cauliflower into cauliflower rice thing! The nutrition info is calculated using 1 strip of Hormel Black Label Lower Sodium Bacon.

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