CONTROVERSY WITH GOD
But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to argue with God
-- Job 13:3
Why not? No one else really matters, and if we don’t find God’s answers, of what value are the words of another?
HE AVOIDED CONTENTION
And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there.
Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.
But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.
Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah.
And he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” -- Genesis 26:17-22
Water is essential for the maintenance of all life. But no less essential, especially today, is harmony among men and a spirit of conciliation.