no refusal in God

If he can give us his Son with so total a giving, what can he refuse us?
There is no refusal in God.
The refusals are ours.

Frank Sheed
From his book Knowing God


(a tulip tree moth who has seen better day…like me 😉 /Julie Cook/ 2021)

“We trust ourselves to a doctor because we suppose he knows his business.
He orders an operation which involves cutting away part of our body and we accept it.
We are grateful to him and pay him a large fee because we judge he
would not act as he does unless the remedy were necessary,
and we must rely on his skill.
Yet we are unwilling to treat God in the same way!
It looks as if we do not trust His wisdom and are afraid He cannot
do His job properly.
We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily
make a mistake—a mistake which may cost us our life—and protest when
God sets to work on us.
If we could see all He sees we would unhesitatingly wish all He wishes.”
Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, p. 90
An Excerpt From
Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

7 comments on “no refusal in God

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    There is a difference. In exchange for your life, the doctor just wants to cut away part of your body. In exchange for eternal salvation, God wants all we can give Him.

    God gives us a better deal, but not everyone sees it that way. Some of us cannot give up trying to be God.

  2. Salvageable says:

    That metaphor of surgery is frequently used–Jesus even spoke of pruning a grape vine with a similar analogy in mind. God’s commandments do more than guide our lives: they diagnose our ailments and explain to us why we need surgery. If we spent more time studying the commandments for the purpose of repentance, we might understand better the pruning/surgery God is performing in our lives. J.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Never seen a moth like that before!

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