By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
I get frustrated when I can’t see God’s will plainly but when I see it I usually know it because it scares me and will require a leap of faith. I feel like I am jumping off a 40 foot bridge and I am hoping the Lord puts his bucket in the right place when I get to the bottom and he always does. It’s trying to discern whether the circumstances presented are from God. You see we don’t think like God and we have to put our will in neutral so he can show us his will. The reason this appears illogical is because God’s logic in not always our logic. God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
I find in scripture that God uses unusual people, unusual things, and unusual places. That doesn’t always seem logical. At times we find God working through circumstances because he loves to use unusual people. When the call went out to fight Goliath and the only one to take the challenge was David, you have to admit the circumstances that were presented to Saul were unusual. His response proves that. He thought David was one of his warriors but when he saw him he said in I Samuel 17:33 “…Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth…” It was David who had convinced Saul that he was sent of God to do the job. Unusual.
When the circumstances in Judges showed that Israel needed a deliverer, God chose a mighty man of valor named Gideon who just so happened to be hiding in an old wine press. Unusual. All through the Bible God uses the most unusual people to do his work. In Acts 4:13 when the high priest, the religious leader, and the learned scribe brought Peter and John before them they saw the boldness of the two. They marveled because they were ignorant and unlearned men. They did not seem to be qualified to lead such a movement. But the answer lies in their own words of final assent when they took knowledge that they had been with Jesus. They could not get it that God would pick two unusual people to be his representatives. People have been trying to figure that out for 2,000 years. I could go on and on about the unusual people that God has used.
God also likes to use unusual things. Samson killed 1,000 Philistines with the jaw bone of an ass, Balaam’s donkey who spoke, Jael killed Sisera the enemy of Israel with a nail through his temple driven in by a workman’s hammer. Not a sword but a hammer and nail. Unusual.
When Peter was asked by Jesus to pay the taxes requested, he sent Peter to catch a fish and take the coin out of his mouth and pay the taxes so they would not offend the tax collectors. Unusual. But think of it, how unusual that the cross that our Savior died on, to pay the price for our sins was the very thing he created.
Finally, God uses unusual places that seem to baffle. We received the writing of the Revelation when John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. Not exactly the vacation spot of the day. Nahum was told to wash in the muddy Jordan River to take away his leprosy. He complained that there were better rivers to wash in. Unusual. When Nathaniel heard that they found the Messiah, he was excited but when he heard that Jesus was from Nazareth he blurted out, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Unusual. But that is God! He surprises us all the time when he uses unusual people, unusual things, and unusual places. When circumstances come and you are seeking God’s will you can often spot his will among the unusual circumstances of life.
To be continued ………………..