I don’t know about you, but it seems oftentimes that what God ask of us doesn’t make sense in my mind or in the eyes of the world.
It’s kind of His theme, a way to see if we will really trust Him.
For example when He told Abram to leave his country, his family, etc and move to the land He would show Him. This didn’t make sense, but in obedience to God, Abram obeyed, and watch God provide.
Or when God chose Moses to deliver His people from Egypt. Though what God asked of Moses seemed impossible, after many excuses, Moses obeyed, and watched God do the impossible.
Today I read about another such instance in Joshua, when God led the people into the promised land by way of the Jordan River.
As I was reading I noticed that the Jordan was at flood stage. Now if they were anything like me, I’m sure as they neared this high, flood stage river, a dozen thoughts were going through their minds. Like how in the world, they would ever get to the other side.
When suddenly the Lord instructs Joshua to tell the priest to go and stand in the river. The Israelites must have watched in amazement as the waters stopped flowing and instead piled in a heap.
Once they got to the other side Joshua was instructed to circumcise the men, putting them at their weakest, while they had enemies on every side. This must have seemed insane, and yet Joshua obeyed. And GOD struck fear in the hearts of the people so that they did not attack.
Then there is the familiar passage where the Lord instructs Joshua and the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho, they were to march around once each day, not making a sound. Then on the final day, they are told to march around the city seven times, and that on the last time, they are to shout.
I’m telling you this was a crazy battle plan.
The people began to shout as they marched their final time around the city, and then they stood amazed as the walls began to fall.
In my own life there have been many times I have felt what God was asking of me did not make sense. And far too often I have been consumed with fear as I imagine the worst.
He is always faithful despite my fears or my doubt.
And just as He did the amazing things listed above for those who trusted Him despite their fears, He can and will do the same for you and me.
Yet, if I’m not careful my fear can far outweigh my faith.
But, I know from the past, that when I let go of the fear, and trust Him with what He is asking of me. That these are the times I clearly see the Lord do the most amazing things in my life.
What is God asking of you today, asking of your family?
Will you allow your fears to overtake your faith? Or will you trust God with all the unknowns, with all the giants you have to face, and with all your fears?
Oh may we be like the saints of old, ready and willing to trust God, even when what He ask doesn’t make sense!
Ready to watch God do that which is beyond human explanation!