by James Merritt

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Debating God (2 of 3)
Series: On the Ropes
James Merritt
Habakkuk 1:13; 2:1-20


1. Even though we know we can't do it we all have tried at one time or another. Even though we know it won't work we've all taken our shot at it. Even though we know deep down it really doesn't do any good we do it anyway. I am talking about bargaining with God. We've all done it. We've all tried to bargain with God to get God to meet us on our terms: ''God, if you'll do this I'll do that'' or ''God if you will just come through this one time I promise I'll do this or do that.'' That desire goes all the way back to the first man whoever lived.

2. Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden moping and pouting and God said, ''What is wrong with you Adam?'' He said, ''I am lonely. I don't have anybody to talk to.''

3. God said, ''Adam, I've got good news for you. I am going to make a companion for you and you are going to call it a ''woman''. This person will gather food for you, cook for you and when you discover clothing she will wash it for you. She will agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will never nag you and she will always be the first one to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and she will freely give you love and passion whenever you want and need it.'' Adam said, ''What will this woman cost?'' God said, ''An arm and a leg.'' Adam thought for a moment and said, ''What can I get for a rib?''

4. Have you ever noticed that when you bargain with God and He doesn't deal that then you start debating God and you start giving God all kinds of reasons why He should have done things your way? That is exactly where we find Habakkuk. To remind you of the story, Habakkuk is living in what is known as the ''Southern Kingdom.'' Israel, at one time, was a united kingdom, but after Solomon died there was a civil ...

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