ON CHALLENGING GOD
AND STRUGGLING WITH GOD.
MIND OF GOD
Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom
and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions
and his methods!
For he does great works too marvelous to understand. He performs
miracles without number.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
His greatness is beyond discovery!
STORY OF JACOB
is a personal name meaning, God strives, God rules,
God heals, or the one who strives against God.
Literally, when the name is applied to a group of people it means,
"those who struggle with God."
that, because we all struggle with (and sometimes against) God,
and some of us with the very idea of God.
is the name God gave Jacob after he wrestled with the divine messenger
all night long (Gen. 32:28). Afterwards, Jacob was a changed person,
limping on a damaged thigh, with new food regulations, and with
a new experience of God that influenced the way he lived. His twelve
sons became known as the sons of Israel, and the resulting
nation became the nation of Israel. Thus Jacobs experience
at the Jabbok became the foundation for the nation of Gods
STORY OF JOB
"Yet your real motiveI know this was your intent
was to watch me, and if I sinned, you would not forgive my iniquity."
frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out
to get him. Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. We dare
not take our limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life
in general. If you find yourself doubting God, remember that you
dont have all the facts. God wants only the very best for
your life. Many people endure great pain, but ultimately they find
some greater good came from it. When youre struggling, dont
assume the worst.
--Life Application Bible