FAITH DOES NOT ALWAYS MAKE SENSE!

Jeremiah 32:26-27: “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (ESV)‭‭

OBSERVATION:  Faith does not always make sense! Throughout the Scriptures we read of men and women of God who were called to do things that defied human reasoning. It was no different for Jeremiah.. Jerusalem was under siege by the King of Babylon. Zedekiah, King of Judah had detained Jeremiah in the court of guard in the palace for prophesying the fall of Jerusalem under the hand of the King of Babylon. Then, in the midst of all this, God calls Jeremiah to redeem a field from his uncle Hanamel. Jeremiah redeems the land for the appropriate price, records the deed before witnesses, places it in an earthenware vessel for safe keeping, and then asks – “Lord, why did you have me do this?’ The Lord responds…

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” 

Jeremiah could not understand why the Lord would have him buy land that was going to be captured and ravaged by the enemy. Jeremiah was looking at this action through “human reasoning”. The Lord was looking at it through the “eyes of promise”. This action by Jeremiah was a physical proclamation of the Lord’s  promise to once again restore Jerusalem and to gather from all nations the Children of Israel to dwell in their allotted land. The land that Jeremiah purchased was a seed of faith that would grow and come to fruition in the sovereign timing of the Lord.

Have you ever been asked by the Lord to do something that at first did not make any sense? At one point in my life I tried diligently to find a different job. The job I had was with a family owned company. I knew I could make more money working for a larger corporation, and so I began to process my resume. I contacted search agencies, networked on line, had my resume reviewed by professionals, and with all that – nothing! I did not even get one interview. As I went before the Lord in prayer about this I heard His voice. “Rest where I have put you!” Why would the Lord not allow me to move forward? Why was He calling me, by faith, to simply stay where I was?

Fast forward several years. I have always been in the pastoral ministry to some degree since I was 23. Up to the time referenced I had pastored two churches, and been involved in assisting two church plantings. However, it had been almost 14 years since I served as the Senior Pastor of a church. Living at that time in San Antonio, both I and my family sensed that the Lord was leading me back into pastoral ministry. He led us to a small Texas town called Weatherford. Our call – to pastor a church that was closed. An empty building, in a town where we knew no one, and with a mortgage payment and bills to boot! This was a call of faith for our entire family.

What does this have to do with my job with the family owned company? The job I tried to leave several times – and the Lord said – “Rest where I have put you!” Well, this wonderful family owned company allowed me to move to Weatherford to pastor this church while continuing to work and travel to San Antonio to my office. It has been 12 years since that humble beginning and I am still a bi-vocational pastor. And it is still this wonderful family owned business that allows me to work out of a home office and adjust my schedule according to the needs and demands of the church I pastor. The thing I did not understand, when it appeared to be a “closed door”, was really God’s loving provision all the time. If my ear would have been more attentive I would have heard.

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” 

This morning I am reminded of the awesome faithfulness of Almighty God! What seems to hard for me, what does not make sense at the time, is all being led and orchestrated by His mighty and faithful hand. Just as God promised to restore and provide for the Nation of Judah, so He promises to restore and provide for me. Faith does not always make sense at the time, but we will never be disappointed when we are obedient to the clear calling and direction of the Lord! Father, lead me by Your Holy Spirit, give me grace to follow and obey Jesus Christ, moment by moment, and day by day!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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