by Roger Thomas

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Habakkuk: Wrestling with God (16 of 20)
Roger Thomas
Habakkuk 2:1-4; 3:17-19

Introduction: Some think God wants meek little believers who quietly accept whatever he sends their way without any doubts, any questions, and certainly without any complaints. I think they are wrong! God wants believers all right! But he is especially pleased with men and women who have enough gumption to be honest. He is looking for people who know him so well or want to get so close to him that they are willing to risk voicing their doubts and raising hard questions. God doesn't even mind when we talk back as long as we are willing to listen when he answers.

Consider the stories of two men who wrestled with God. Wrestling is a good picture of what God wants us to do when we have a problem with him. Wrestling is intense. There is nothing casual about grappling flesh on flesh, arm over arm with your opponent. It is up close and personal.

Did you hear the one about the American Olympic wrestler who was scheduled to face the most dreaded Russian wrestler of all time? The Russian was big, strong, fierce, and the inventor of the infamous ''pretzel hold.'' The Russian won every match by twisting his opponent inside out, upside down and every which way but loose until the other wrestler would concede or be pinned. The American was scared to death. Who wouldn't be? His coach encouraged him by assuring him that there was a doctor waiting nearby.

The day of the big match arrived. The referee blew the whistle and the two headed for one another. The American gave it all he had. For the first period, he mostly ran. In the second period he started on top. He hung on for dear life and managed to keep the Russian from getting loose. At the end of two periods, a draw! No points!

In the third and final period, the Russian would start on top. The American feared this would be the opportunity for the ''pretzel hold.'' Sure enough, within a matter of seconds the Russian had the American t ...

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