I must admit that I act like a petulant child sometimes when prompted by my Lord to do things out of my comfort zone like: invite people to church, forgive the unworthy, show grace to the ungrateful, and be grateful in difficult circumstances. But.. but, but God — I don’t wanna!
It’s okay to be honest with God about what we want and express our displeasure. At the same time, we must continue to (1) be obedient, and (2) at least try to align our will with His. The first is hard enough. I take some comfort in knowing I’m not alone though:
Moses did it.
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” ~ Exodus 3:11-13 NLT
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” ~ Exodus 4:1 NLT
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” ~ Exodus 4:10 NLT
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” ~ Exodus 4:13 NLT
“But Lord!” Moses objected. “My own people won’t listen to me anymore. How can I expect Pharaoh to listen? I’m such a clumsy speaker!” ~ Exodus 6:12 NLT
But Moses argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me?” ~ Exodus 6:30 NLT
No sooner had God gotten Moses to come around than the Israelites started in.
They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” ~Exodus 14:10 NLT
Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” ~ Numbers 14:2-4 NLT
The prophet Jeremiah did it.
“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” ~ Jeremiah 1:6 NLT
The prophet Jonah did it.
The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. ~ Jonah 1:1-3 NLT
The disciples did it.
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!” ~ Mark 6:37 NLT
Even our Lord and Savior did it, but He showed us how to do it right.
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” ~ Matthew 26:39 NLTThen Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” ~ Matthew 26:42 NLT