Conntecting the Dots

When God’s Orders Don’t Make Sense

Has God ever asked you to do something that didn’t make sense? If so, you’re not alone.

Noah built an ark. I can hear him now: “An ark? Okay. Uh—what’s an ark?”

Gideon whittled his army down until only 300 men remained. Imagine a General discussing that strategy with his officers.

The disciples returned to the same fishing hole where they’d cast nets all night and caught nothing.

Sometimes God gives marching orders that defy human logic or that seem downright impossible to fulfill. Our human nature automatically questions Him, second-guesses whether or not we heard Him correctly, and doubts. Fear takes over, and we falter.

we obey and He takes responsibility

Can you relate? I sure can. Here’s a peek at some conversation snippets I’ve had with God lately…

“Write another book proposal? What’s the point of putting time and energy into that when publishers’ rejections are more common than acceptances?”

“Minister in Romania again this summer? But that means trusting You to supply a team and the finances, and You know how difficult that is.”

“Start a life coaching practice? But that means marketing, and that means spending time and money, neither of which are plentiful right now.”

And then I read God’s word, and it strips away my arguments.

“The LORD replied [to Moses], ‘All right. This is the covenant I am going to make with you. I will perform wonders that have never been done before anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the LORD—the awesome power I will display through you. Your responsibility is to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then I will surely drive out all those who stand in your way—the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.’” (Exodus 34:10,11)

God gives us marching orders, and it’s our job to obey. The results are His responsibility. We ought not to hesitate from moving into action until we see how the details will fall into place. Rather, we ought to step out in faith, trusting God to lead and to provide whatever’s necessary to get the job done.

The only question we ought to ask is this: Is God telling me to do this? If the answer is yes, then we must obey. Completely. Then He will surely remove all obstacles and reveal His power to us and through us.

How have you seen this prove true in your own life?

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