Have you ever noticed that God seems to function in the realm of the ridiculous?
At least from a human perspective. His very nature goes against the grain of what makes “common sense.”
“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Cor. 1:20)
In Joshua 5 we find the children of Israel in the Promise Land after 40 years of Nascar racing (going in circles with no apparent purpose).
They had finally made it! Like a newly married couple arriving home from their honeymoon they cross the threshold of thier new home and the first thing God asks them to do?
Prepare for battle against Jericho? Train your soldiers? Build a fortress in Gilgal? Watch episodes of The Office on DVD?
God told Joshua, “Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel…” (vs. 2)
That doesn’t seem like brilliant military strategy. I don’t think Napoleon or Patton would be to impressed with this plan. God was asking Joshua to completely incapacitate his army making them vulnerable to the desperate Amorite and Cannanite armies.
What is God asking you to do right now that is totally ridiculous? Are you willing to obey despite the obvious risks? Will you put your faith into action by trusting God in the face of a seemingly asinine decision?
“The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17)