Sometimes, we forget who we are:
“But who indeed are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Will what is made say to its maker,’Why have you created me so?’ Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for a noble purpose and another for an ignoble one?” -Romans 9:20-21 NAB
As a kid, I would occasionally hear my mother say, “Who do you think you are?” That was a sure sign that I was in deep over my head. I had probably said or done something that disrespected my parents in some way, and I was about to feel the wrath of a mother who was not afraid to punish us. Truth is – I deserved every bit of it.
We can all recognize a similar story in our own lives. Whether in our own childhood, or now as a parent or grandparent, we have seen how disrespectful children can be. Yet, we somehow fail to see how we do this same thing to God the Father. We question Him. We disrespect HIm. We completely forget who we are and our place in life.
It’s one thing to ask God questions about our lives. There are times that we can all be a little confused by what life is throwing at us. But, it’s something completely different when we begin to talk back and question God’s decisions. Who are we to question His will? Who do we think we are?
It’s a fine line between seeking guidance from our Father and questioning His decisions, and our heart is where we find the difference. In our heart, we find the motive of our honest questions or the pride that leads to wrongful ideas. And, it is that sin of pride that misguides us into thinking that we somehow know better than the all-knowing Lord of Lords.
We will never have all of the answers, and it is completely acceptable to ask God questions about His will for our lives; however, in seeking those answers, we must only be seeking answers and not calling His judgment into question. As kids, we learned to respect the decisions of our parents (even if we did not understand them at the time), and this was meant to prepare us for our spiritual lives as adults. As adults, it is important for us to always remember who we are and who God will always be.