What does the word contend mean to you?
boxing to mind for me. A challenger, or a contender, goes up against the
champ. The two men fight. They struggle against one another.
In Genesis 6:3, God says that He is contending against humans - He is struggling against humans - because their hearts are evil.
when a contender challenges the champ, they are both competing, or
struggling, for the title. But what is the goal, what is the prize, when
God and humans contend against one another?
being the loving creator, always has helping us to live a peaceful and
righteous life as His goal. Because He loves us, He wants our good and
knows that our good is best provided to us when we live the way He
created us to live, and ask for and acknowledge His blessings.
is our goal when we contend against God? We could probably say that it
boils down to seeking our good, just like God seeks our good, but
gaining our good, or what we think is our good, through our own means.
problem is that our means, and our own ideas of what is good, are never
as good as God's. Our conceptions and means end up backfiring either on
ourselves or by hurting someone else. God, being the wisest and goodest
thing there is, always knows how to best provide our good, and always
wants to accomplish it.
So, why would we contend against Him?
Think about it in your own life. What makes you contend against God and His will for your life?
Let us not fight against God. If God wants to do and provide good things for us, let's not make Him struggle to do it. Let God give you good, and not just good but the best.