God Didn’t Save Us So We Could Be Normal

January 14, 2013

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Does everything about your Christian walk make sense? No. Is it logical? Probably not. If it is, then something is probably amiss.

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When I read the Bible, there are very few things God calls people to do that make sense.

 

  • God to Abraham: “Kill your only son.”
  • God to Joshua and the Israelites: “March around Jericho.”
  • God to Naaman: “Dip seven times in the Jordan river.”
  • God to Moses and the Israelites when Pharaoh’s army is about to slaughter them: “Stand still.”

 

“But that’s the Old Testament,” you say. “Things were different then.”

Oh really? Jesus showed up in the New Testament and kept the living crazy theme going:

 

  • “Untie that guy’s donkey and bring it to me.”
  • “Feed these five thousand people.”
  • “I know he’s expecting wine. But take this water to the governor.”
  • “Roll away the stone.”

 

God doesn’t call us to a life of safety. He doesn’t call us to average and ordinary. He didn’t save us so we could be normal. He calls us to live our lives beyond the simplicity of human reason. He calls us to a life of trust and a life of faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 

 

“Living by faith” sounds really cute in a sermon. We nod and smile. But taking it out in the real world and actually living by faith? Not so cute. But faith isn’t faith if it’s based on circumstances. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.

 

We want everything to make sense. We want safety and security. We want everything to go according to our plan. We don’t like surprises. We don’t like unexpected changes. We want life to flow smoothly with our agenda, budget, and calendar.

In fact, we want a God who makes it so we don’t need a God.

 

We want a God who removes all pain, confusion, and risks from life.

But why are we so afraid to take risks, when we serve the God of the universe?

Why are we scared to walk on water, when we serve the God who made it?

Our problems only look big when our God looks small.

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