160. Questioning is OK; Arguing is Not

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“We’ve talked some about the early church,” Stan began.

“Yes,” I responded, “the Book of Acts has a lot of interesting things to say.”

“I would like to talk about another instance I saw earlier this morning,” Stan said.

“OK,” I said, “what do you have?”

“It has to do with the difference between questioning God and arguing with Him.”

Continuing, Stan said, “After Saul, who later became known as Paul, was confronted by Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was taken to Damascus.

“Additionally,” Stan added, “there was a man in Damascus named Ananias who was a disciple of Christ.  I don’t think there is any indication of how Ananias became a disciple, but he was set to be used by God if he would only obey what God had for him to hear.”

“God wanted to tell Ananias to do something to help Saul, but Ananias had heard things about what Saul had been doing to Christians that made him correctly think that Saul was not a nice person and probably couldn’t be trusted.”

“So,” Stan continued, “it was pretty natural for Ananias to ask God if He really wanted him to go help Saul.”

“Be careful to note,” Stan went on, “that Ananias simply asked God if He was sure.  Ananias did not argue with God.”

“And it is to be the same with me,” Stan continued.

“How’s that?” I asked.

“It is OK for me to ask God for clarification of something He has spoken to me, but I am never to argue with God about anything.”

“It is OK to question, but never OK to argue.”

“Arguing with God comes from thinking I know better than He does. I never know better than God does about anything, and it is never a good idea to argue with the Lord God Almighty,” Stan said with a smile.

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But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon your name.”  The Acts of the Apostles 9:13, 14.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have assignments for me.  And thank you that you allow me to ask you for clarification when I do not fully understand what it is that you have for me to be or to do.  Please forgive all of the times I have argued with you about what you want.  Please lead my obedience and lead me only to ask questions for clarification, never to argue with you about anything you ask of me.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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