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Isaiah 45.9-12 – The futility of striving with God
Posted: 3 February 2011 in Isaiah, Scripture

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

If there is one thing you can’t help noticing about atheists on the internet, it is the way in which they are no sooner through telling you that God doesn’t exist, than they are lecturing this God about his incompetence in (for example) not preventing the holocaust. I suppose it should come as no surprise that an atheist feels no constraint in telling God his business, even if you can’t help noticing the illogicality of it, but it still implies a grossly inadequate conception of what the word God signifies.

We homo sapiens, who inhabit a 5,970 trillion tonne piece of rock, orbiting an insignificant star on the edge of the galaxy, which itself is just one amongst millions of other galaxies in the created universe; it is we who presume to make ourselves the equal of God, and lecture him about how to better govern his Creation. Although atheists have brought this gentle little art to its perfection, even Christians are guilty of it when they think God is somehow falling down on the job if he fails to arrange things quite to their liking.

There is no other response proper to human beings than to bow the knee before God’s majesty, and to ask for his will to be done. That, after all, was the response of Jesus on the night before he was crucified – and he was the Son of God in human flesh.

Although the primary purpose of the book of Job is to make the point that suffering does not necessarily represent divine retribution, we ought also to take on board a secondary lesson. That lesson is the response Job receives from God towards the end of the book.

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