Stop Trying To Argue With God!
Can the created thing question its creator? When we presume to judge or criticize the God who created us, we step into an unreasonable position. Here’s a passage that shows God’s perspective on this.
NLT Is 29;15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The LORD can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” 16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?
Lets go over these foundational truths. The creator is clearly greater than the things he created. Even if the created thing denies his creator, this truth stands without question.
It is terribly arrogant and prideful for the created thing to deny his creator. It is perhaps even more arrogant and prideful, even ludicrous for the created thing to pretend to stand in judgment of his creator!
I don’t think its a coincidence that this same passage goes on to discuss the events of the millennial reign and the arrival of the rider on the white horse! I have recently been seeking to better understand these events:Preparing The Road For The Rider On The White Horse
Before we venture into these prophetic verses lets look at a passage that declares that we all can see God’s power and glory in his creation;
God’s Anger at Sin
NLT Rom 1;18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
God shows his character through his creation so we have no excuse for not knowing his eternal power and divine nature.
Lets take a look at the rest of the Is 29 passage:
NLT Is 29;17 Soon—and it will not be very long— the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops. 18 In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book, and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness. 19 The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the LORD. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20 The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed. 21 Those who convict the innocent by their false testimony will disappear. A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice and who tell lies to destroy the innocent. 22 That is why the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel, “My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear. 23 For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Israel. They will stand in awe of the God of Jacob. 24 Then the wayward will gain understanding, and complainers will accept instruction.
The rider on the White Horse, the Lord Jesus Christ is set to make his return to earth in 2012. 2012 In Bible Prophesy. He will rule over this world much as he ruled the Israelites in their 40 year trek through the wilderness. I believe the Is 29 passage will start to be fulfilled soon after his return. The scoffers will be gone, the arrogant will disappear and those who plot evil will be killed. The people who convict the innocent with false testimony, pervert justice and tell lies will be killed or otherwise taken out of commission. Even the wayward will gain understanding and accept instruction! How will all of this occur?
Christ will rule with an iron rod through the powerful prayers of his true church, the humble seekers followers who have heard his call to separate themselves from the todays Lukewarm Churches.
NLT Rom 9;12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” 13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.” 14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! 15 For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” 16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. 17 For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.” 18 So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen. 19 Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?” 20 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? 22 In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who were made for destruction. 23 He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. 24 And we are among those whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles. 25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, “Those who were not my people, I will now call my people. And I will love those whom I did not love before.”
God extended his grace to gentiles because of the stubborn resistance of the Jews. This is further explained in The Lesson Of Cain, God Chooses Us
NLT 2 Tim 2;20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
We are all called to keep ourselves pure so that God can use us for every good work, pursuing righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace; and enjoying the companionship of others who are pure hearts.
A Warning for God’s People
Jer 5;20 “Make this announcement to Israel, and say this to Judah: 21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. 22 Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set. 23 But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned away and abandoned me. 24 They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’ 25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things. 26 “Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They continually set traps to catch people. 27 Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And now they are great and rich. 28 They are fat and sleek, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. 29 Should I not punish them for this?” says the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation? 30 A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land— 31 the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?
We should tremble in God’s presence and live in awe of the Lord our God. The men who refuse to help the poor and orphans, who give false prophecies, and the priests who rule with an iron hand [Lording over their flocks] are in for big trouble. This is an ominous warning for todays fallen priesthood. Our Assignment – To Ignore Todays Blind Leaders
Please help us to be humble seekers, not prideful scoffers. Help us to accept that your ways are far above our ability to even comprehend. Help us to simply trust you and your word, to keep ourselves pure, pursuing righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace so that you can use us for every good work. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen
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