Friday, September 12, 2003

Quarrels With God

Near the end of his life, Henry David Thoreau, author and philosopher, was encouraged to make his peace with God. I don’t know how the encourager instructed Thoreau to do that, but Thoreau responded, “I didn’t know that we had ever quarreled.”
Maybe you’ve never quarreled with God like a husband quarrels with a wife or one sibling quarrels with another, but you’ve been at odds with God, whether you’ve realized it or not. I know that’s true because it’s true of every person - including you and me. Paul explained “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless” (Romans 3:10-12).
Thank God that the quarrel is not the end of the story. While we all deserve death because of our unrighteous, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus, his Son (Romans 6:23). Many people, for various reasons ranging from inopportunity to foolish pride, have lived and died, not knowing about the quarrel or the Christ. You have been at odds with God. Have you accepted his gift? That’s Life at Work!

Richard May

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