Hello, friend! (Can I call you that now? I hope so!) As I went through this week’s bookwork, this one phrase kept coming to mind: It doesn’t make sense.
Take Abraham, for instance.
When we started our week, he was still going by the name Abram and living his usual, everyday life. Until Genesis 12:1, that is, when God speaks to him and tells him to leave behind everything familiar and go to a new land He will show him.
Doesn’t. Make. Sense! (Which we’ll shorten to D.M.S. because, you know...word counts!)
Then in Genesis 15:4-5, God tells childless Abram that he will have a son, even though he and his wife, Sarai, are old and she is well beyond her childbearing years. D.M.S.!
In Genesis 16, Sarai decides God could probably use some help and suggests that Abram sleep with her servant, Hagar, to conceive a child that way. He does and they do, but that child isn’t the promised child. Instead of getting angry with them for trying to do things their own way, though, God doubles down on His promise to them (at this point changing their names to Abraham and Sarah), and says specifically that Sarah, who is now even FURTHER beyond her childbearing years, will bear Abraham’s son. D.M.S.!
And then it happens. Sarah becomes pregnant and gives birth to Isaac in Genesis 21 and life is good and they are just plugging along happily. Until just one chapter later, that is, when God commands the seemingly unthinkable. He tells Abraham to take Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering.
And this is just one of MANY such accounts in the Bible, several of which are included in this week’s bookwork. (And in case you haven’t gone through it yet, don’t worry — God provides a different sacrifice at the last moment and Isaac is spared. Phew!)
So how did Abraham remain faithful throughout all these D.M.S. moments? As Angie Smith says on page 45:
“He is obedient to a situation that doesn’t make sense to him because he trusts God more than what he can see with his own eyes.”
BOOM! That right there! And it was in those moments of trust that God was able to take Abraham’s brokenness and use it for His glory.
Trust like that doesn’t come easy, though, so...
Reflect and Respond:
How do you process life when it doesn’t make sense to you? What can we do to develop THAT level of faith and trust in God?