In the world but not of it

December 23, 2010

Are you talking to Me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” Job 40:2

Do you know anyone that likes to argue? The word “argue” is defined as disputing or reasoning for or against something. When we argue with someone we are contending with them. We believe our views are correct enough that is warrants us voicing our opinion or position. In other words, we want to be heard because we think we’re right.

Even arguing has its place in life. People often present a good argument for a cause by explaining things in a way that others have not considered. Arguing does not have to always be a bad thing. Friends often argue about a topic and respect each other’s views; spouses do the same when it comes to raising a family, managing money and other related topics.

But when it comes to us and God, arguing is really quite futile. If you’ve read Job, especially chapters thirty eight and thirty nine then you know the basis for the question God is asking Job here in the beginning of chapter forty.

There are lots of minor reasons we might argue with God but there is one major reason we do it.

We don’t like the way things are going in our life. We don’t like the timing, we don’t like some of the people around us, we don’t like the circumstances, we don’t like food, the water, the temperature, etc.

You name it, it is always something for each of us but the truth is that our reason to argue with the Lord and to be His critic is because we don’t have the answers and often don’t like the ones He gives us. In fact, we often become demanding and belligerent about getting our way.

This one (specifically two) question from God to Job is profound. In it we get our answers to everything in life.

In this brief verse we are compelled to stop and consider just how ridiculous it is for us to question the Lord. We can’t explain some of the simplest of things that go on around us yet we want to completely figure out every twist and turn of our own path.

May the Lord continue to be gracious and patient with us since our response to such a question from the Lord can only mirror Job’s; “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”

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