Wrestling Before God

Recently I posted on the subject of wrestling with God.  In retrospect, I am surprised no one challenged me.  Although I understood Forsyth to be saying it is appropriate and right to ask God to agree with a request as long as it is ultimately and primarily submissive to His will, some of the language I used was wrong and disrespectful.  This, from Oswald Chambers is more in line with what I believe and, I think, also with Forsyth:

…Always distinguish between God’s order and His permissive will, i.e. His providential purpose toward us.  God’s order is unchangeable; His permissive will is that with which we must wrestle before Him.  It is our reaction to the passive will of God that enables us to get at His order.  “All things work together for good to them that love God”–to those who remain true to God’s order, to His calling in Christ Jesus.  God’s permissive will is the means whereby His sons and daughters are to be manifested.  We are not to be like jell-fish saying–“It’s the Lord’s will.”  We have not to put up a fight before God, not to wrestle with God, but to wrestle before God with things.  Beware of squatting lazily before God instead of putting up a glorious fight so that you may lay hold of His strength.   (My Utmost for His Highest, December 16 entry)


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