Arguing With God

Excerpt from Psalm 44

“Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? Rise up, come to our help. Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.”

Do you ever argue with God? Do you ever call on God to be God?

Is that even okay? Can we do that? Well, lots of people in the Bible did, including whoever wrote the 44th Psalm. He called, “God, Rouse yourself!” Of God, he demanded, “Why do you sleep?” All sorts of people in the Bible argue with God, including Abraham, Moses and Jeremiah, to name a few.

I used to think that I didn’t hear much arguing with God in church because we were just too nice. It didn’t seem polite, or maybe faithful, to argue with God or challenge God.

Lately, I’ve been pondering a different theory about the general reluctance to get into it with God. Arguing with God only makes sense if God is real, living, active, up to something in the world, present and intervening, which is the nature of the God of the Bible. Is that our God? Or is our God some kind of evolutionary concept or a human construct or our highest values, like say, truth or justice or compassion?

If God is good values or an abstract concept, arguing with God would be silly or stupid. But if there is a living God, an active God, then arguing with God might be part of a deep, bold faith. Much of our God talk, these days, turns God into a higher value, an abstraction, a distant concept.

For the Psalmist God was different. God was alive, surprising, up to something in the world. God might be sometimes hidden, sometimes revealed, but there was a living God. God is still speaking, right? So today, share the gutsy faith of the Psalmist and tell God how it really is with you. Call on God to be God for you. Do you dare? Who knows what might happen?

I confess Lord that sometimes my faith is pretty lame. I act as if you stopped acting and speaking a couple thousand years ago. Speak today, God, and give me ears to hear. Act today, Lord, and give me eyes to see. Amen.

Reflection from UCC StillSpeaking Daily Devotional, by Anthony B. Robinson


One thought on “Arguing With God

  1. When you hear HIS voice, will you harden your heart or will you obey?
    If God will grant your prayer today, will you have a second thought and will keep on relying to your own understanding? or you will going to examine it if it’s true?

    Understand the verses below carefully :
    There is a WAY which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12)

    I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a WAY that was not good, after their own thoughts : (Isaiah 65:02)
    His watchmen are blind: they are ALL IGNORANT, they are dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber, YEA, they are GREEDY DOGS which can never have enough, they are SHEPHERDS that cannot understand : They all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. (Isaiah 56:10-11)

    He who BELONGS to God hear what God says,…(John 8:47)

    Unto you, O men, I CALL; and my voice is to the sons of men.
    O ye simple, UNDERSTAND WISDOM : and ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. (Proverbs 8:4-5)

    Thus saith the Lord, STAND ye in the ways, and SEE, and ASK for the OLD PATHS, where is the GOOD WAY, and WALK THEREIN, and ye shall FIND rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)

    So , what will it be ?

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