Saturday, October 15, 2011
What if God told you to do something weird?
What if you were in a real tight spot—like the desert with no water, and God told you to dig ditches. Would you do it?
Three men set out across the desert and didn’t prepare for the trip. They ran out of water. One of them suggested they check in with God and get his help. God said, “Dig ditches.”
“But there’s no water!” they could have said. “Why in the world would we dig a ditch?”
What if you were about to lose everything—like your children and your home, and God told you to collect jars. Would you do it?
A woman’s husband died and left her up to her eyelashes in debt. Bill collectors were banging on the door, and God said, “Get all the jars you can find.”
“I have nothing to put in those jars and no money to buy anything to put in them,” she could have said. “Why in the world do I need a bunch of empty jars?”
In both situations, these people had only one thing left: the capacity to obey.*
What if God told you to dig ditches or collect jars? Would you?
Reason says, “Get real.”
Obedience says, “Okay, Lord,” and starts digging.
Reason says, “You’re kidding, right?”
Obedience says, “Okay, Lord,” and starts gathering.
What is God telling you to do? Are you familiar enough with His voice to recognize it? Do you trust Him enough to do what He says—no matter how peculiar?
Times are tough. What if all we have left is the capacity to obey?
*To find out what happened, read these stories in the Old Testament book of 2 Kings, chapters 3 and 4.