The will of God. Ever hear of it? No, the will of God is not Jesus lesser known brother William. How do you decipher what the will of God is? What criteria do you use to determine which decision to go with at the crossroad? What does He want, really?
I know what I do. I like to lay out all the information and see what makes the most sense. I like to weigh all the circumstances and use logic to decipher an illogical God.
For instance I think, “That is a great church. They made me a good offer to be Youth Pastor, they have a good group and a great facility. The pay will help my family. My kids love the ministry for children there. My wife and I already know a lot of the people there so the transition will be easy. It is close to our house. I really want to do it. OK, let’s pray about it.” Then we do pray but it comes out like this “Thank you God for the wonderful opportunity you have placed before us. Help us as we take this job to be your representatives and to lead the youth of church X to know you better.”
Somewhere between the review of the offer and “Let’s pray about it” I have already made my decision based on the fact that it makes sense. Surely if all these things line up God must have rubber stamped it and signed off on it. The problem is when I look at the Bible. I make my choices based on what “makes sense” and then read how an ax head floats to the surface of the river. I weigh the prospects and decide that logically it would be dumb to make a different selection, then I read where the water rolled back and the people walked across on dry land, twice. I say “look how God has opened the doors for this,” then I read of one man killing a thousand with the jawbone of donkey, the virgin birth, the blind receiving sight, the lame walking, the dead raised and Jesus and Peter walking on water.
THOSE THINGS DO NOT MAKE SENSE. If God bound Himself to the concept of appearing logical to us humans in every situation, He would not be God. He would be a human; no more than a manager. I have been putting God on trial with the burden of proving Himself logical to my seen world when all along He sees the entire picture without even the bother of time to cope with. I’m not making a bid for stupidity. I’m not trying to say that when faced with a decision we automatically choose the most ridiculous, most lunatic choice possible. However, we shouldn’t eliminate those crazy ideas based on this faulty criteria, either.
I Corinthians 1:27 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty”.
What has God done in your life that doesn’t make sense? What made sense to you to begin with, but turned out to be wrong?