Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Reasoning With God
Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?
Genesis 18:24-25 (NAS)
Abraham had guts: he reasoned with God!
It happens like this: God tells Abraham He's going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because they are evil. But Abraham's nephew, Lot, lives there, and Abraham wages a protest. The Bible says Abraham 'Was still standing before the Lord' (v.22). He stands up to the Lord of Hosts. Wow! Even more--God listens!
Perhaps courage is one reason God chose Abraham to be the Father of His people. Surely faith is the other.
In Matthew 15, Jesus meets a Canaanite woman who begs Him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. He seems to refuse in saying, 'It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs' (v.26). But the woman reasons with Jesus; 'Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table' (v.27). Jesus then praises her faith and heals her child.
The Psalms show King David in dire circumstances. David reasons with God, 'What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?' (Psalm 30:9). Even Jesus pleads with God before His greatest test: 'Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me' (Luke 22:42).
Clearly, God considers not only our thanksgiving and petitions, but also our reasoning and pleas, even our complaints. God gives us free will, and He expects us to use it. He may or may not agree with us, but He listens patiently and blesses us for coming to Him.
Do you think you might be disrespecting your Creator by reasoning with Him? Think again. Bring it on, but bring it in reverence and obedience--regardless of His decision.