This week’s article is written by Mike Solomon, youth pastor at Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
I want more and I want it now.
That’s how I feel sometimes ... especially when I walk through department stores and I look around and I see all the shiny, colorful packaging and all I can think is, “I want that!” Then I remember how limited my funds seem and I grow resentful, as if I’m being denied all the good things that are right at my fingertips. Maybe you’ve felt that way, too. Sometimes life just isn’t what we think it should be and when that happens, we may grow bitter.
Something like that happened to the Israelites after they had been exiled from their homeland and had suffered great persecution. God had finally revealed to them that they would be returned to their homeland and be restored; the catch was that it would not be by one of their own people but by a foreign king named Cyrus. That was unacceptable to many of them; they didn’t want some foreigner to be their rescuer… they wanted their deliverer to rise up from their own people. Here is God’s reply, “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’ ” (Isaiah 45:9.)
These words remind us that like an artist, God has a plan and a design for our lives and when we struggle against that plan, we are really “arguing with our Creator.” It only brings us the sorrow and bitter jealousy that robs our lives of joy. The harder path is to trust our Maker, but that is the path that leads to true joy. How might our attitude change if we trusted our Creator more?