Yes Ma’am, Will You Please Think About That Again?


If you are a parent, doesn’t it get exhausting to have to explain your decisions to your children every time you give them an answer they don’t want?  There’s probably few kids in this country who can’t say they haven’t heard the words “because I said so” from hurried parents who don’t feel like explaining themselves.

After all, we’re the parents, right?  The kids should just obey and keep their mouths shut … or should they?

As our children get older we begin to realize they deserve some explanations . As a matter of fact, we love them enough to allow them to express their opinion and even challenge our decision from time to time if done in a loving, respectful way.

Although our kids don’t always follow this pattern, we’ve given them their respectful way to challenge a decision.

When we give our answer they are allowed to say “yes Ma’am (or yes Sir), but would you please think about that again”?

By first accepting our answer (yes ma’am) they are showing respect; yet, still asking if they can present their case or have us reconsider.

Sometimes … the kids win, and when all is evaluated, it was a good win for them.

Would you believe that God just may allow something similar?  Would you believe that you can ask God to reconsider his judgment or decision?   He is a just God, but He’s also a loving God.  There are many times throughout Scripture where God seems to wait for us to initiate the wrestling with Him.

Take this beautiful example from the book of 2 Kings, Chapter 20.

Hezekiah has been sick and is dying.  The Prophet Isaiah comes to him and tells him to put his things in order … he is going to die.

It would be easy for Hezekiah to assume that God was allowing this sickness to be his pathway to death.  There’s nothing to suggest this in the text but I can only imagine how most of us would respond.  After all, the Prophet said so.  However, Hezekiah respectfully pleads with God and asks for healing (again).   His prayer seems respectful, simply weeping and asking God to consider his walk.

God hears his prayer.  I love the response in 2 Kings, 20:5-6

Turn back, and say to Hezekiah  the leader of my people, Thus says the  Lord , the God of David your father:  I have heard your prayer;  I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the  Lord ,  and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria,  and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.

There are so many times when we face obstacles and we feel like we have no choice but to endure.  It’s easy to give up, especially if you’re convinced God has sentenced you.

Is it time for you to ask someone, even perhaps God Himself, “yes, but would you think about that again”?



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3 comments on “Yes Ma’am, Will You Please Think About That Again?

  1. Let me start by saying, you are right. I just struggle with it sometimes.

    We encourage Gracie CONSTANTLY to respectfully disagree if she must. She is 5 now and it is time for her to gain understanding of our reasoning not just blindly accept it. We also have to remind her frequently to not go between parents looking for her best answer and to not beg and whine. But that is for another discussion.

    The thing I struggle with is… we aren’t God. We make bad decisions sometimes, selfish decisions sometimes (because I don’t want to get off the couch and walk outside), and often we make less-than-fully informed decisions All of those are valid reasons for my kid to ask again or at least for clarification. None of those are reasons that would play into a decision God makes. He is wise, unselfish, and all knowing.

    I guess that is where I have to fall back on this and say: Why should I go back to God for a new answer? Because He said so!

    The argument goes full circle.

    1. fmckinnon says:

      Great point – I guess the story from the Bible I reference is the reason why. It’s just one of many. I don’t have time to reference Scriptures, but how many stories are there where God said “I’m going to destroy these people” and someone prayed and it actually says “Go relented”. I actually like those stories better, because in the story I referenced, although the Prophet said that he was going to die (we can’t help but presume that was God’s decision, relayed through the prophet, but it doesn’t really say that!), there is no place where God Himself actually spoke forth the verdict. But there are plenty of examples where God made a decision and because of mankind’s praying, repenting, or pleading, or just asking … He “seems” to change his mind. “Seems” is a keyword, I suppose.

  2. Rob McKinnon says:

    I needed to hear this. I sometimes fall into the rut that says “It is what it is. I have put my heart and life in His hands and just have to accept this and deal with it”. But perhaps he DESIRES for us to “reason together” with Him! Did He not say just that? “Come, let us reason together . . . “

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