Wisdom's Corner
Do Not Wrestle Against God

Almost all little boys like to wrestle. They like to get down on the floor and tug and tumble with someone else. It is a way of having fun and developing strong muscles. As they get older some of them will join the wrestling team at their school.

As a member of the wrestling team, they get more serious about the wrestling. They will train very hard to be in the best shape they can be in. They will learn many of the best moves and holds so that they can defeat their opponent in a match.

If good enough, the boy may actually train to go to the Olympics. His whole life will then be dedicated to making himself the best wrestler he can be. He wants to be able to defeat any opponent.

The writer of Hebrews uses a word that the Greeks had for describing a well known move in wrestling. In Hebrews 4:13 we read, "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."

The word for "opened" is that word. It described the act of grasping the head of the opponent and pushing it backward. This move made the opponent's face look upward and caused him to lose his balance. This move was almost always successful in getting the opponent down to the floor where he could be pinned. The opponent almost always was defeated.

God is pictured as the wrestler who will always use this move on us. God will never lose. We do not want to be wrestling against God. We cannot win. We must make sure that our spiritual life is right. We do not want God to see us as an opponent who He desires to defeat.

Make sure you are on God's side. Study the Bible to make sure that you know what to do to be on God's side. Obey God and do not wrestle against Him.

Until next time, work to get the wisdom of God. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School