God does some crazy stuff – really. I have noticed it more and more lately and think “Man, does He have an imagination!” I mean walk with me through some scripture here.
1. First, a donkey talked back to his owner . . . like a real donkey, having a conversation! Even funnier to me is that the guy (Balaam) actually talked back. I think I would have passed out or run. (Numbers 22)
2. Or maybe we could look at Joshua as he led the children of Israel to the battle at Jericho. Marching around the city, blowing trumpets, it all sounds a little crazy to me. Amazingly enough, that wall actually fell down and all the Israelites did was march (and blow horns, of course). (Joshua 5 -6)
3. Speaking of blowing horns and fighting battles, Gideon took only 300 men (God told him to send the rest home) and defeated the Midianites, an army that numbered so many they could not even count their camels. (Joshua 7)
4. There was the manna too. God told them in the wilderness to only take what they needed each day. If they took too much it would spoil (think maggots and such) by the next morning. Yet God instructed them to put a jar of manna in the Ark of the Covenant to remember how He took care of them in the wilderness. Did it ever spoil? Nope! (Exodus 16)
This list could go on and on, from Aaron’s staff sprouting to the earth swallowing up whole families. And if we start to think that this was only an Old Testament thing – well, not so much.
Can you imagine being a teenager, never having had sexual relations with anyone, and some angel tells you that you will conceive a son by the Holy Spirit? Crazy, I tell ya. (Luke 1:16-38) This doesn’t include the acts Jesus did in the flesh from feeding thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes to bringing the dead back to life – even when He wasn’t in the same place they were. One of my favorites, though, was sending the demons into the pigs and then the pigs run off the cliff. (Luke 8:26-38)
God has quite the imagination, and the crazy things He does continue to astound me. Then it makes me stop and think . . . He is the same God today He was back then. This means He can/does still do some crazy things. Oddly enough, He has asked me to do some things I thought were crazy in my time. I questioned Him on them prior to obeying. But in the grand scheme of things, you know, compared to talking donkeys and conceiving a son by the Holy Spirit, the things He asked of me were pretty tame.
Makes me stop and wonder if He is asking me to do even crazier things I just haven’t had the courage to imagine the possibilities.
Has He asked crazy things of you? Or is there a crazy story from Scripture that you love?
It all brings me to Ephesians again. He has brought this verse up more than a few times in the past year. Maybe He is trying to tell me something??? Praying I will have the courage to listen – even if it means talking back to a donkey.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).