Saturday, October 17, 2015

Who Are You, O man, to Answer Back to God?

There is never a time when I do not feel like praising God and Jesus. There are times, however, when I am questioning, impatient, agitated, and dare I say, even annoyed...not in worshipping or honoring God but rather in understanding and accepting His will for my life. Does that sound blasphemous, ungrateful, or rebellious? It is hard for me to process why believers suffer at the hands of unbelievers or even individuals characteristic of Saul who feel they are upholding God’s law...legalistic. Am I being too harsh? My intention is not to point fingers and/or offend. It is mainly to preach to myself and sort through the challenges of this world.

A couple passages come to mind, here.
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.(2 Timothy 2:20-21. ESV.)

19You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— (Romans 9:19-23. ESV.)
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39. ESV.)
Why not save the whole lot and call it a day? I do not wish to sound flippant and perhaps I fall into the same category as Job and the one to whom God replies, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?” Please, forgive me, Lord, for my questioning and frustration.

Who am I to be ungrateful? God has and continues to provide for me and my family. We are never hungry, never without a roof over our heads. We are closer to family. I have my children with me. I am never apart from them. We have our health and even luxury items that are beyond necessity. So, why in the world would I grumble and complain?
I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me. 3 Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked? 4 Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees? 5 Are your days as the days of man, or your years as a man’s years, 6 that you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin, 7 although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand? (Job 10:1-7. ESV.)
Of course, we all know God’s answer. He begins with,
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! (Job 38:2-5. ESV.)
And, makes his point known from Job 38 through 41. Though it is a lot to repost, here, I highly recommend looking it up and giving it a read!

Who am I to EVER question God and His will? I was created to bring Him glory. My life is a testament to Him and His awesome power and majesty. Even through things I do not understand, God's grace and mercy can be seen. May a refection of Jesus always be visible when others look at me. Amen.

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