God Is Wise; We Need Direction
Don’t you hate it when you go the wrong direction? At Christmas, on our way to visit my family in Indiana, we went through Louisville, KY. Literally. A road was closed (or I just missed my turn… depending on whether you ask me or my wife) so we ended up having to go straight through downtown Louisville. It was about midnight already, so there really wasn’t much traffic. It really wasn’t a big deal. All-of-the-sudden Jamie responds dramatically. I wonder what the issue is… then I realize… I am going the wrong way on a one-way street. Thankfully, it didn’t take much at that time of night to right the situation. We got back on the correct road and made it safely to Indiana.
Sometimes going the wrong direction is merely an inconvenience, but sometimes it can be disastrous… especially in our spiritual lives.
In the message from Sunday night we learned...
Since God works in a confusing way (i.e. through unexpected circumstances),
you must accept the rationality of faith.
We saw that there were a number of counterintuitive or counter-cultural things that God asked Elijah to do. Some may even say these things were irrational. But what we noticed is that the rationality of faith is not irrationality, rather it is decision-making based upon the most reliable Guide we have — the Word of God.
All throughout the Scripture God says things such things as:
- “My ways higher than your ways.” (Isaiah 55:9)
- “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)
- “The wisdom of their wise men shall perish.” (Isa. 29:14 KJV)
God often does things that don’t make sense to the natural human mind. In addition to these verses, we could also multiply story after story of God working through unexpected means (we saw a number of them in Elijah’s life). Admittedly, we don’t have a direct word from God about where our food will come from or who to stay with, etc. Yet, God has surely directed us in regard to our priorities and actions… and these will surely be different from our culture.
- Christians love as Christ loved, sacrificing for the needs of others.
- Christians exalt Christ in all circumstances, pointing to His goodness and control.
- Christians have peace in trouble because of His presence and promises.
- Christians pray for God’s work, asking God to glorify His name.
Though we could go on and on, these considerations bring us to some personal reflection.
- Could God be working in our world right now in ways that don’t follow “conventional wisdom”?
- How am I making decisions at this time of unending questions? What/Who will direct me at this time?
- Am I putting myself in the place to consistently listen to God’s counter-cultural wisdom of His Word?
- Am I willing to change directions, to adjust my decision-making, if God asks me to?
We have to recognize that it is so easy to lose our bearings in this world. It is easy to find ourselves on a path of our own making… because it seems so right. Surely now is a good time to plead with God in the words of David (Ps. 25:4-5):
Shew me thy ways, O LORD;
teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
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