It Just Doesn’t Make Sense (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 260)
Hebrews 11:7a (NLT)
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.
Faith is both trust and obedience even if the command we’re given doesn’t make sense. Obedience begins with trust and trust is a result of our faith. As believers, the more we believe God, the more we will trust him and willingly obey what he tells us. The commands given throughout scripture are not to hurt us, but to help us live the kind of life that God designed for his children to live.
But here is the thing about keeping commandments. To many of us, some of these rules simply don’t make sense to us. This is why laws and rules are broken every single day. This is why schools need principals, children need parents, communities need police officers, businesses need owners, states need governors, and countries need presidents. These people have been charged with keeping law and order. And when law and order are not kept, rules are not obeyed, chaos and confusion are the result.
Every time God tells us to do something, it is a test of both our faith and our obedience. He is not just telling us to do something. He is asking us if we are willing to trust him. He wants to know if we are willing to obey him. For as long as you live as a believer, God is going to tell you what to do. Sometimes, you will ask “Why? This just doesn’t make sense.” And every single time, God is going to say, “It doesn’t have to make sense. Do you trust him enough to do it?”
When God told Noah to build an ark, it didn’t make sense to Noah. But it didn’t matter whether it made sense. Noah trusted God enough to obey him and that’s what matter. And that is what matters in the life of every believer. God will tell you to do something or to go somewhere and it’s not going to make sense. You will question God, think about it, wonder why, and try to reason about it in your own mind.
But what God really wants is for us to get to the point in our Christian growth where we just do what he says every time — even when it doesn’t make sense to us. God’s commands won’t make sense to us probably until we get to the other side of glory. God is infinitely wiser and his thoughts are infinitely higher than our own. When you learn to do what God tells you to do even if it goes against your natural inclination, you are growing in grace, faith, and good understanding. Prepare to receive an abundance of blessings that God has in store for those who trust and obey.
“If you look up into His face and say, ‘Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,’ at that moment He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power.”
— Alan Redpath