Are You Instructing God?

Job 40:7 is one of those places where we see that God has a sense of humor. When He finally addresses Job out of the whirlwind, He says to him, “I will ask you, and you instruct Me.” If this is not humorous, it is full of sarcastic irony to say the least! God tells a man: “You instruct Me” — like we could teach God anything! Yet is it not true that many of us are indeed guilty of attempting that very thing?

How might we dare to “instruct God”?

— How about in our outlook on circumstances and events? Like Job, we think we have the full picture, and that we can tell God what He should and shouldn’t do in certain situations: this person doesn’t deserve what they are going through; this other person’s trial should be over; this wicked person deserves to be judged now; this particular situation is not “fair” — and on and on endlessly. Do we really think we know better than He does? Do you think God needs you to instruct Him?

— How about the way that many of us “instruct” God in our prayers? We are often so patronizingly specific when we pray, as if we were indeed instructing God: “Now, God, touch his back and relieve that nerve pain, and help the doctor to take that scalpel and …” etc., etc. Seriously? Are we telling God how to do something for someone? Do we really think He needs our help? Now granted, sometimes we are just trying to be specific and caring in our prayers, and there is a place for that. But we also need to make sure that we balance that noble sentiment with a dose of reality — and proper humility.

The bottom line is, God doesn’t need us to instruct Him — on anything! Our safest and best prayer for any circumstance is almost always “Thy will be done” — and leave the instructing for GOD to give to US!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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2 Responses to Are You Instructing God?

  1. Rick Rice says:

    Thanks Bro Shawn,
    for the 2 Peter 3:1 – stirring up our pure minds! Good instruction.

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