“But God, I don’t really want to….I can do it on my own….I don’t need your help…”. This is the daily and sometimes moment by moment argument that I have with God. I think I am capable to do things in my own strength. That I don’t need His help and I don’t want to do it His way!
That’s the argument I carry around with me. While this argument may not be verbal, it is there, deep in my heart and shows itself in my actions or lack of actions. There are times I see myself as a toddler in need of a nap, saying a defiant “no” and stomping my feet!
“But You don’t understand…did You hear what they said…” I further press my point of view in hopes of changing His mind (can you say Jonah for example?), or gaining a sympathetic, “Ok, maybe this time…”.
No, regardless of my pleas and whines, He is patient, loving and understanding. My arguments for my rights and my wants, don’t fall on the deaf ears of God, but instead His Spirit leads me to His Word and His Wisdom.
After much of my argument is over, I know in my heart He is saying, “Yes, child, look to my Son. He was misused and abused, yet, He willingly laid down His life to obey My will.” It’s at that point when my neck loses it’s stiffness and my locked knees begin to bow…
How humbling it is to lose this argument, to bring my head low and say as the Psalmist said in Psalms 8:4 “..who is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” These arguments that are often spontaneous, sometimes fade away, sometimes linger, and sometimes appear again and again, are always teaching me to obey, to trust and to rest in His way and in His plan.
What are you arguing with God about today? Where do you need to rest those weary burdens that you argue against? He shows us His unlimited patience throughout Scripture with the arguments of His people. Dear friend, stop your fighting and arguing with God. Lay it all down at Jesus’ feet…He will give you rest!