Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Lewis: arguing with God

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
    Feast of James the Apostle
    [The LORD:] “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?”
    —Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)
    There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and He wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 48 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 45:9; Gen. 32:27-28; Deut. 9:6; 31:27; Neh. 9:30; Job 9:2; 40:2; Zech. 7:11-12; Matt. 23:31-33; Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30; Phil. 2:14-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the Author of reason.
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