Sometimes God just doesn’t make sense

No kidding, sometimes God just doesn’t make sense. Think about the time when the crowds followed Jesus into the wilderness and as it was getting late the disciples made a rational proposal to him about how to handle the situation. “Jesus, let’s break for the day so the crowds can go to the nearby villages and buy themselves some food.” This was reasonable, the people weren’t in danger of starving, they didn’t need rescuing, there was no emergency, and the towns were not very far away.

Jesus’ response to the disciples’ logical solution was, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Jesus, certainly you are not assessing our situation clearly? The reality is: we have only 5 loaves and 2 fish and it would cost us six months of wages to feed all of these people. This would not be good stewardship, would take way too much effort and besides we’re tired, hungry and want to go home. And besides, these people have homes to eat in.

To our logical, efficient sensibilities, Jesus’ requests often don’t make sense.
Sometimes Jesus doesn’t answer our prayers in rational ways. Sometimes Jesus asks us to do seemily impossible and illogical things. When he makes these requests of us, we are left to ponder our own emotional, spiritual and financial resources to which we conclude that we just don’t have ENOUGH. And if we remain there we simply get frustrated and give up. But as he does this, he is seeking to teach us Who He is and to teach us to trust Him.

So what is Jesus asking you to do right now that just doesn’t make sense?

Published by John Estorge


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