Why We Argue With God
DATE: 11 Feb, 2001 AM
PLACE: BBC Blarney
Introduction (Romans 1:17)
in for a surprise this morning. A most unusual sermon!
honest with you - God and I don't always agree. We get along fairly well, but we
don't always agree.
God and I
sometimes have a little controversy with each other.
carefully, this message will help you understand WHY we spend so much time
arguing with God about our lives, and how to repent of that awful attitude so
that we can begin to live by faith
Background (Mt 20:1-7)
six o'clock in the morning. A man hires some workers to work in his field.
that he needs some more, so he goes out at nine o'clock in the morning to hire
some more workers to work in his field.
out again at noon and hires some more workers to work in his field.
out at three o'clock in the afternoon and hires some more workers to work in his
out at five o'clock and hires some more workers to work in his field.
them work until six o'clock at night.
means that some people worked twelve hours, and some people worked nine hours,
and some people worked six hours, and some people worked three hours, and some
people worked one hour.
pay time came, he gave them all exactly the same amount of money. Those that
went to work early in the morning began to complain about it. They said,
"This is not fair because we've worked twelve hours. These rascals over
here get the same amount of money we get, and they've only worked for one hour.
It's not fair."
be honest with you. This parable bothered me. They got the same wages - I don't
mean per hour, I mean per day. The fellow that worked one hour got exactly the
same amount of money that the fellow got who worked for twelve hours.
God trying to teach us, here?
do not always agree with Him. I know I don't. I don't naturally agree with God
think it's fair? Be honest - Do you think it's fair for the fellow who works for
twelve hours, all the day long in the hot sun and the heat of the day, and he
gets the same wage as the fellow who works from five until six in the evening?
believe that, but God does. It doesn't make sense. I just don't agree with God
on this parable. I cannot see that it's right for a man who works twelve hours
to be paid the same as a man who works one hour.
way, that's what faith is. Faith is believing and trusting that God is right,
even when we disagree. Don't miss this now.
You and I
don't think like God. You say, "It doesn't make sense to me." But, it
so happens that you and I are flesh.
convinced that one of the reasons that God put this parable here is to let us
know that we don't always see things just eye to eye. I cannot always see the
sense and logic, but I’ve come to know it's right.
it's right to give a fellow the same wages for 1 hour’s work as
you give the fellow that worked twelve hours? Yeah, right!
"Do YOU believe it's right?" No, I don't believe it's right - but I
believe it's right…, because I trust God's judgment and wisdom much more than
mine own. It doesn't automatically make sense to me, but thankfully, it doesn't
have to make sense to me.
Message - God
and I Don't Always Agree (Matthew
The Definition of Faith
give you our definition of faith.
what faith is to you: "I have confidence to believe that He will do it
like I think it should be done."
say, "I have lost my faith in God." It means He finally did
something the way you didn't think it ought to be done. Now, that's not
faith at all. You didn't have faith in Him to begin with.
worked for their boss, and then He turns around and does something they didn’t
expect. They started to argue and complain – do any of US complain, ever? Huh!
Notice Mt 20:4
John Mark? (Act 13:4,5,13) He was all excited about serving God until the times
got rough; very rough!
about Thomas? (John 11:15,16) – HUH?
telling me they were people of great faith? I am saying, they had NO faith at
all – only followed because they had not found anything better yet!
experience it all the time:
fails to meet your expectations – lose faith in them. Shouldn’t have had
faith in them to begin with!
begins to act up – lose faith in FORD. Shouldn’t have had faith in FORD to
computer crashes, and crashes, and crashes – lose faith completely.
Shouldn’t have even tried to have faith in IBM or Apple to begin with!
you realise, we have transferred our experience with cursed things in this life,
to our confidence in God?
why so many doubt their salvation, God’s will, and doubt God’s work in their
lives… THEY ONLY TRUST WHEN THINGS GO LIKE WE THINK THEY SHOULD.
some more examples – the Bible is full of these:
children of Israel (Ps 78:8) always complained because they never set their
heart “aright” and made it steadfast - confident
disciples on the sinking ship, in the storm (Mk 4:36-40)
about young David, before he became king?
killed a bear, a lion, and even Goliath
he was anointed KING of Israel, he had to flee for his life for 7 long years
from king Saul until Saul died.
better believe he got discouraged (1 Samuel 27:1)
were not going as planned – so his faith was gone. NO! He didn’t lose faith.
He never had it. Not yet. Oh yes, he was saved. He was a believer in God, but He
was like the APOSTLES in the sinking ship –had no practical faith at all.
Definition for Us
sweet - I just trust God
make it a little longer - I trust
God enough to follow His word (obey it), and do things His way – full stop.
Apostle Paul (Philp 4:11; Rom 8:38,39) could trust God
Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21-28) – “You won’t do wrong!”
Meshach, and Abendigo – God CAN deliver us out of your hand Neb, but if He
doesn’t, we trust Him anyway!
13:15; 23:10) – just trusted God that he will do right
ask, “How do you get to that place?” To have real faith
saturation in the study of lives presented in this Book
to perfect your faith THROUGH trials (Jam 1:2-4)
trying to use your faith on things that by nature are unfaithful, and solely
rest it on Jesus – only HE never fails!
Application of Faith (1John 3:20-22)
and God don’t agree – faith means to trust, to KNOW that God is doing right
- not WILL do right (future tense), but IS, present tense!
timing and events are not coming together right (Eccl 3:10), faith allows you to
wait, and work, and then wait some more, because you know that your labour is
never in vain when done for the Lord (Gal 6:9)
argue with God a lot? Be honest.
a great day to bury the hatchet, and start trusting God will do right
won’t let you down – it’s not in His nature – He can’t fail you!