My two-year old grandson Solomon came up with a wonderful saying, “Oh, yeah!” It all started when we picked him up to bring him home for a weekend overnighter and my husband asked him “Solomon, do you want to go for a ride in Papa’s car?” Solomon promptly replied “Oh, yeah!” To which we replied “Oh, yeah.” At first we thought it was a fun game then realized he is very serious about it! When we ask him anything “positive” his exuberant and natural reply is “Oh, yeah!” Interestingly he will simply ignore us if we ask him something undeserving of an “Oh, yeah”. “Solomon, do you want to get dressed?” No response! “Solomon, do you want to stay in your pajamas today?” “Oh, yeah!”
Of course being the kind of grandparents we are, we try to come up with as many things as possible for him to say “Oh, yeah” to, in order to see if he ever gives up. He doesn’t! He outlasts us in the “Oh, yeah” department. It is fun to see how many reasons and ways we can get him to say “Oh, yeah!” It is equally humorous to witness how unaffected he is by our “laughing” but rather remains unfazed by our continual efforts to get him to repeat it as often as possible. He is confident in his ability to do whatever he says “Oh, yeah” to and equally sure of our ability to give him whatever he agreed with. “Solomon, do you have to go potty?” “Oh, yeah!” “Do you want to read a book?” “Oh, yeah!” “Do you want to watch a movie?” “Oh yeah!” “Do you want to eat supper?” “Oh, yeah!” “Want to play cars?” “Oh, yeah!” What fun we are having with his “Oh, yeah’s!”
This got me wondering if God has as much fun with our “Oh, yeah’s” as we do with Solomon’s! I wonder if we are as willing and exuberant to say “Oh, yeah” as our two-year old grandson is! I wonder if we exhibit the same confidence in God and in ourselves as Solomon does. Solomon brings a smile to our faces every time he says “Oh, yeah” and I’ve been wondering how many smiles I have brought to God’s face lately! Have I been saying “Oh, yeah” or “Oh, no”?
Oh, yeah! Yes, Lord! We might say that is music to God’s ears! Life would probably change dramatically for all of us if we would begin to say more of “Yes, Lord” instead of our usual “What, Lord?”, “Why, Lord?” “When, Lord?”, “Where, Lord?”, and “How, Lord?” Most definitely those are not bad questions since inquiring minds want to know! There is certainly nothing wrong with seeking God! In fact we have the great privilege of seeking Him and walking in His divine graces. And when we ask those questions in faith, expecting an answer, it is even better! But still – it wouldn’t hurt to add an “Oh, yeah, Lord” every time we ask Him a question KNOWING we are going to get an answer! “Oh, yeah! I know what You’re doing Lord! Oh, yeah! I know why You do things like that Lord! Oh, yeah! I know You have perfect timing in everything Lord! Oh, yeah! I know You are everywhere Lord so You lead I will follow! Oh, yeah! I trust You to show me how Lord!” What a difference this would make in our lives!
So the question we must ask is does the Word of God instruct us to respond to God with “Oh, yeah”? When two blind men were following Jesus and crying out for mercy He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said “Oh, yeah!” So Jesus touched their eyes and they could see! Praise Him! (Matthew 9) Then we see Jesus having “private” sessions with His disciples after sending the multitudes away and was explaining parables about the kingdom of heaven to them at their request. At the completion He asked them if they understood all He had taught. They said “Oh, yeah!” to which Jesus assured them they were like householders who would bring out new and old treasures! Praise Him! (Matthew 13)
Then we have the woman whose daughter was demon-possessed and she begged Jesus for mercy and help for her daughter while the disciples demanded she be sent away. He said He was sent to the children of Israel and it wouldn’t be right for Him to take what belonged to them and throw it to little dogs (inferring the woman). Her reply was “Oh, yeah! (In other words she agreed with Him) But even little dogs eat the crumbs which fall to the floor. Jesus applauded her “yes” because it demonstrated faith and her daughter was healed. Praise Him! (Matthew 15; Mark 7)
We also have Martha, sorely troubled about the death of her brother Lazarus because Jesus didn’t show up to save him. Then, when she heard He was finally coming after her brother was dead for four days she went out to meet and tell Him if He would have gotten there earlier her brother wouldn’t have died. Jesus proclaims Himself the resurrection and life and asks Martha if she believes that anyone who would believe in Him would not die but live, and whoever lives and believes in Him would never die. Her immediate response was “Oh, yeah!” The reward for her faith was the return of her brother to life! Praise Him! (John 11)
Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him and three times Peter replied “Oh, yeah!” This story has been interpreted and reinterpreted so many times perhaps we miss one of the simple messages in it, Peter loved Jesus! Peter had his problems as we do, but he believed and was quick to say “Oh, yeah!” each time! (John 21) Jesus’ response later was “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17-19) That is an incredible outcome in the life of someone who said “Oh, yeah!” to Jesus! Praise Him!
Seems to me our Lord Jesus likes it when we say “Oh, yeah”, maybe even more than I enjoy hearing Solomon say “Oh, yeah!” Even as I wrote this I asked him if he would like his “soothie” (pacifier) and sit with Auntie for a little while! “Oh, yeah!” he eagerly responded. Within five minutes he was asleep in her arms, safe, secure, completely in agreement with Grandma’s suggestion. I guess when Solomon says “Oh, yeah” he means it!
What about you? Have you been saying “Oh, yeah” to God? Or are you more apt to say “Oh, no!”? 2 Corinthians 1:20 says “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” Let’s bring God some glory today! Let’s receive His promises as surely as did the blind men, the disciples, the Canaanite woman, Martha, and Peter and as surely as my grandson receives from the people who love him most. And let’s cooperate in faith when we say “Oh, yeah” and see what God will do!
One last thing: I can hear some of the naysayers thinking “Oh, yeah? Well, just wait until he gets a little older. He won’t say it and mean it! ” Or maybe something like “Oh, yeah? Well things don’t always work out that great when I say yes to God!” Well, we will see what happens with Solomon! And God? We will see with Him too! As for me? I will only believe!