Hey Deer Flat Family, have you ever noticed that many of God’s greatest recorded activities are attached to logic and reasoning that makes no sense to us. Consider these:
1 Give me those 5 loaves and 2 fish … I need to feed 5,000 people
2 Pick the boy with no armor and only a sling, he’ll go kill the giant
3 Noah, build a massive ark, even though it has never rained
4 Walk around the walls of Jericho for 7 days … then they’ll just fall down
5 We need wine for the wedding, so fill the pots with water
Another “illogical” idea of God is found in Luke 5. The account finds the disciples fixing their nets after a long and unsuccessful night of fishing. Jesus steps onto the scene and asks the disciples to go back out into the deep water and, once again, cast out their nets. Take a moment to look at this from the disciple’s point of view. They are the pros in the fishing business – not Jesus. They didn’t even know who Jesus was at this time. They were tired, had worked all night, had exhausted every means to catch fish and had just put away all their gear. So the request of Jesus to get all their things and go out to deep water and cast their nets seemed not only illogical, but extremely inconvenient. You can hear the underlying fatigue in Peter’s reply, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything …”
The disciples had a number of valid excuses to deny or delay the request of Jesus, but listen to the response of Peter: “because You say so, I will let down the nets.” Although there was no logical reason to go back out fishing, in faith they followed the request of Jesus and the results were overwhelming … they caught more fish than what their two boats could hold!
Looking at this story, I can’t help but think about the many biblical commands or internal promptings of God to do things that don’t always make sense to us, like:
1. Loving my enemy.
2. Giving when I have little to give.
3. Serving when my schedule is full.
4. Sharing my faith with someone I don’t know.
5. Stepping out on a limb to do something for God that I’ve never done before.
Totally irrational! But this is how God loves to work. What if we locked in with Him so that the next time He asks us to do something illogical, we will, “Just because He says so”, knowing that He’ll take care of the rest. Just remember “God’s ‘illogical” ideas and ways are infinitely better than our most brilliant ones.” I’ll be talking about this more when we get together this Sunday and open up Hosea once again. I can’t wait to see you.
Speaking of Illogical, I’ll close with this.
The Paradoxical Commandments - Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway. See you Sunday!
All For Jesus!