“And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out….”-Luke 19:39-40
Ever heard, God is not Santa Claus? God is not a genie? God is not a magician?
He is not. In truth, He is much bigger and far more powerful than all of those things. I think that sometimes in our quest to be sensible, to respond to some false teachings, we wind up shrinking God down, needlessly reducing His power.
I often get accused of being irrational, delusional, crazy. Well yes, of course, insanitybytes. What’s your point? 🙂
It’s a bit interesting, but I didn’t fully level up my faith until I let go of that idol, the idol of sanity. The idol of reason. The idol of always needing to be perceived as rational. I was caught up in this never-ending tug of war, seriously out numbered. There is only one way to win in that situation, and that is to quickly drop the rope.
Drop the rope in a game of tug of war and everyone against you falls on their behind.
I remember the first time I said it, the freedom, the truth, the sense of peace. Yes, you’re quite right, I am totally irrational, unreasonable. Crazy even. I have abandoned all common sense and reason, suspended my disbelief, for I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty…….
Also, I believe in burning bushes and talking donkeys.
Anyone who does not believe in talking donkeys has never been on the internet. To not believe in them, to not see them everywhere, would be totally irrational. Even funnier if you try to tell me that talking donkeys are really weird, but a bunch of hairless apes communicating with one another through an invisible wi/fi signal is not, well I shall probably die laughing.
There are some very well-reasoned and sound arguments for the bible, for the existence of Jesus Christ, for the fulfillment of prophecy, for the resurrection. They are rational, evidence based, and true. Also, they often fall on deaf ears because faith is really a heart matter, it is a spiritual wisdom, it exists beyond and above the realm of human reason.
We people tend to make idols out of our own intelligence, our own knowledge, our own alleged understanding. Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “…Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” Or in another version, “But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.”
It is irrational to lean into the Lord’s promises, to trust that He will provide when there is no sign of provision anywhere.
It is irrational to look at a sick kid or a prodigal son and trust that God will work a miracle.
It is irrational to watch everything go swirling down the drain and to declare, nope, my Daddy did say, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
There are a myriad of things in faith that feel irrational, unreasonable, as if they have left the realm of all common sense. Just the same Proverbs 14:12 tells us, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death.”
God does not always move in the way we want or in the way we expected, but He does move, He does respond to us. Our faith in Him has the power to move mountains, but it is often a power untapped, not utilized, often because our own words, our own doubts and fears, have pulled us back.
Stones by the way, do cry out. They too can sing His praises. If man himself can make them sing, then it’s perfectly reasonable to believe God can, too.
“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”