At one point or another, I am sure that we have had arguments with God. A futile attempt on our part but that doesn’t really stop us, does it?
In the Bible, the Pharisees tried to discredit Jesus on many occasions. They wanted to use His words against Him and so they often asked very provoking questions. At one point they asked Jesus, rather rudely might I add, by whose authority does He and His teachings come from (Matthew 21:23). Basically they were trying to discredit His words by proving that Jesus has no real authority from anyone.
Jesus’ response was quick, straight to the point and immediately shut them up. He simply said:
“The Baptism of John, where did it come from? From heaven or from man?” – Matthew 21:25
Take a moment and try to answer that, as Christians, our answer is clear. However, if we answer “from man” then does that mean that John is simply a fraud? Does that make his claims about Jesus invalid or his baptisms voided?
If we say “from heaven” then that would mean John was the real deal and therefore any claims he makes is valid. Of course, I am sure all of us would answer “from heaven,” we are after all Christians so there is a bit of bias on that part, that’s not a bad thing, that is just our faith shining through.
The Pharisees, however, were stumped. John the Baptist was sent by God. His act of baptism to the people is valid and when he baptized Jesus, it cemented the fact that Jesus is God’s son and our savior.
Arguments With God, An Admirable Try but Futile in the End
Arguments with God is like trying to get your family to be quiet during the Superbowl, a valiant attempt that leads to nowhere. Let’s face it, sometimes we are like the Pharisees, we want to question why and show that we are right but really, we are not.
Sometimes when frustrations hit or when we feel like things aren’t fair, we get defensive and try and argue. We need to remember, however, that God knows everything, the very essence of Faith is trusting God and knowing He will always be there for us. So at times that things get awry, just step back and breath and remember to be less like the Pharisees.
As Christians, we are reassured because of our faith and so we are assured of a place in heaven. Take a listen to this performance of “It Is Well With My Soul” by Wintley Phipps.
Watch it Here and Enjoy!