God is not illogical, but tests people from the place of defying logic. Since His power is best displayed through defiance of all things logical, it is actually logical for God to ask us to believe He can defy our logic. Operating outside of the laws of creation proves He is Creator. Doing unthinkable things proves He is all-powerful.
So, why do we question God?
Faith is following God immediately and trustingly wherever and whenever He colors outside the lines. Faith is agreement to participate in the illogical beauty of His Supremacy. Faith comes through knowing God, not outcomes.
When we don't know God we question. When we worry about outcomes we question. When we question, the wheels begin to fall off our assurance and trust. Questioning God is the telltale sign that we really don't know Him, His power, His supremacy, His majesty, His Sovereignty, His Trustworthiness, His purity, His grace. When we call God into the court room to question Him, we begin to disqualify ourselves from the flow of God's greatest blessings for us and others.
So let's say that God answered your questioning plainly and succinctly. Would that satisfy you? Not a chance. Because His calls to obedience teach us of Him by defying logic, even His answers would make no sense to us. Most people who receive those kind of answers from God still find themselves scratching their head. Whatever is a mystery to you is not a mystery to God. He knows what He's doing.
When we trust we reveal the depth of our intimacy with God. We know Him... I mean we know nuances of His nature... and, therefore, we can trust as He leads us into the illogical places of our minds. He leads us to illogical locations, thoughts, relationships, vocations and such to teach us His ways which are far higher than ours, yet not hidden from those who obediently follow.
John 16:28-31 NKJV I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father." (29) His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! (30) Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God." (31) Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
Notice how Jesus draws a direct line between the disciples' proclamation that there is no need to question Jesus, and Jesus' question, "Do you now believe?" Jesus wants to know the very same thing from us. Do we believe? Really believe? Obediently believe in the journey through illogical places to displays of His power and wisdom?
Stop questioning God and enter into the flow of His abundance.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.
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