When Serving God Doesn’t Make Sense
When I was little, my dad travelled periodically for work managing information systems for a regional healthcare organization. I didn’t like when he was gone, but I always looked forward to his return, not just because he was back, but because he usually brought something back with him. One particular trip, he brought me a $2 bill. That was exciting. I treasured that $2 bill.
But then one day, he asked me to do something that didn’t make sense. He asked me to give it to him. The way he said it didn’t sound like he just wanted to see it for a minute, he wanted me to GIVE it to him! I couldn’t believe it. He knew how special this was to me. Why would he ask me to give it up? Nevertheless, after a moment of angst, I relinquished my treasured bill. In return, he gave me two more $2 bills! He asked if I would give him those two bills. This time, there was less hesitation! And again, he returned each with two in its place. I went from having a single $2 to having FOUR in a matter of moments.
Sometimes, doing God’s will doesn’t make sense. Moses was struggling with that in Exodus 33. God had given him the grace to bring the people out of Egypt and had even said that Moses had His favor, but Moses was still struggling. In verse 13, he says, “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee…” He had seen God’s works, but still asked to understand what was going on.
In John 12, Mary takes a special perfume worth nearly a years wages and broke it to wash Jesus’ feet. If somebody broke a $50,000 bottle of perfume on me, I would have some serious questions! But even though it didn’t make sense to anybody around Him, Jesus commended her actions.
In Ephesians 2, we find the ultimate nonsensical act: God loved me. And God loved you. You were dead in your sins, and God gave life. You were God’s enemy and he gave everything for you! Sometimes the fact that God doesn’t make sense to us is the best thing possible!
That’s why Solomon wrote in Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Reverencing God in spite of our lack of understanding is the key to His wisdom, and we would do well to pursue the knowledge of the Holy One.