"Give your mind a break from its habitual judging...Rather than evaluating My ways with you, accept them thankfully." (268)
Have you ever talked back to God? I have! Especially when it comes to some of the physical challenges I have to deal with related to pain. Most of my pain issues stem from inherent spinal weaknesses built into me. I also am having to deal with an inherited misalignment issue in my feet. So, I will need to undergoing several surgical procedures to have correction, not only to help my feet, but to hopefully protect my back from further issues.
All of which leads back to my opening challenge to not talk back to God... questioning the way He fashioned my body, with the various built in flaws I must continually deal with.
Romans 9:20-23 tells me "who are you-anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" or has the potter no right over His clay? What if God did this to make known the riches of His glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory-on us whom He also called..."
I am captured by the thought that my physical weaknesses can be used "to make known the riches of His glory" as I seek to glorify Him, no matter what!
I know people who carry a much weightier physical challenge than I do and others who must carry heavy emotional/relational challenges that nearly break my heart, yet they truly inspire me. In all this..."rather than evaluating (His) ways" we must "accept them thankfully...(and)worship (Him)as King of Kings." It's good for me to remember that I was...
Created first and foremost to know Him and to glorify Him...dmc