Contending

Righteous are You, O Lord, that I would plead my case with You; indeed, I would discuss matters of justice with You: why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease? – Jeremiah 12:1

Even though our God is all-knowing and dwells in unapproachable light, there were instances in biblical history when God’s greatest servants felt obliged to argue their point with the Almighty. Yet, in those momentary disagreements, God’s marvelous grace and mercy were still in evidence. How do we know? The Lord was not offended when an obedient child (acknowledging God’s holiness and authority) wished to debate a point or two.

Job argued with God and was ultimately blessed because He lived a submitted life.

Moses argued with God and was used greatly because He lived a surrendered life.

Jeremiah (and, of course, Jonah) also argued with God and He still managed to speak mightily through the prophet to a rebellious Judah.

We should never be afraid to reverently wonder aloud with our Sovereign at the “why’s” of this life. Submitted and surrendered contenders will always be needed if the work is to be done.

I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do. – Oswald Chambers

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