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Woe to the One Who Quarrels with His Maker

January 2, 2020


Woe to the One  Who Quarrels  with His Maker

So many  simply are not happy  with the way  God handles things  in this world.      We are always wishing  things would be different.      In spite of  realizing  our weaknesses  and shortcomings,  most people  are of the opinion  that they would do things differently  from God.      So,  we tend to complain  about all sorts of things.      Such was the situation  of the Israelites  more than 500 B.C.

Because of their rebellious  and idolatrous ways,  God had the Israelites  taken captive  to Babylon.      Life was rough  under the Babylonians.      But,  God prepared the heart  and life  of the Persian King Cyrus — just as He promised  He would.      God enabled Cyrus  to conquer the Babylonians  and led him  to respect the customs  of all religions  in the lands  that he conquered.      Cyrus so respected the Israelites  that he allowed them  to return to Israel  and rebuild the Temple.      That was a wonderful blessing  for the Israelites.

Nevertheless,  they found reasons  to still complain  about their hardships.      God had let them  have the hardships  because of their rebellious ways,  but they could not  see the love of God  in anything.      So,  God had  a word of warning  for them  in Isaiah 45:9-10,

Woe  to the one  who quarrels  with his Maker
An earthenware vessel  among the vessels  of earth!
Will the clay  say to the potter,  ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing  you are making  say,  ‘He has no hands’?
Woe to him  who says  to a father, ‘ What are you  begetting?’
Or  to a woman,  ‘To what  are you giving birth?’

Just as  the potter  is so much greater  than the clay,  God  is so much greater  than any  of His created beings — that would be us.      We are created beings,  just as  is everyone  in this world.      We have no authority  to complain  about how God made us  or anyone else.      We don’t even know  what we’re talking about  when we complain.

The Israelites complained  about their hardships  as captives,  but it is what they needed  to straighten out  their rebellions  against God.      God gave the Israelites  the blessing  of Cyrus,  who let them return  to Israel,  but they were filled  with doubts  and fears,  not wanting  to trust the grace  and mercy  of God Almighty.      They had the prophecies  of their deliverance,  but were afraid  to trust them.

We also  have our own hardships  and struggles  in life.      But,  God has promised  to forgive our sins  and be with us  to graciously strengthen  and keep us.      Are we trusting  in the Holy One,  who cannot lie?      Or  are we complaining  and doubting  that God  will keep  His promises  to bless us?      Instead of quarreling  with our Maker  and Redeemer,  we need to be trusting  His promises  to us  and be glad  that God loves us enough  to faithfully lead us.

Philippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always;  again  I will say,  rejoice!

As we humbly rest  in our Redeemer’s love  and accept His ways,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your wisdom  and love  are so far beyond  our imaginations.      Help us to grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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