THE RIDICULOUS PRODUCE THE MIRACULOUS –Part 1
Why do some professing Christians ignore and disobey the instructions and commands of God in the Bible? Why do some believers cherry-pick the commandments of God: they select those to obey and those to ignore? The answer to this lies in the “ridiculous nature of God’s commandments, God’s instructions and the teachings of the Bible”. Why do sinners and non-Christians reject Jesus and refuse to accept His offer of forgiveness and salvation? It still boils down to the “ridiculous nature of the process of salvation” in the Kingdom of God.
There is a divine law established by God that cannot be obliterated, because it is established forever. If a man works against this law, he ends up piercing himself with many sorrows, but if a man cooperates with this law, he lives a blessed and peaceful life. A wise man will therefore firmly and joyfully embrace this spiritual law. What is this law? It is the divine law that states that except the ridiculous is done, the miraculous cannot be witnessed or experienced.
What does this law really mean? Doing the ridiculous to witness the miraculous simply means obeying the seemingly ridiculous commands, directives, and instructions of God in the Bible to experience the miraculous acts of God.
The salvation process in Christianity is a ridiculous thing to sinners, unbelievers, non-Christians and atheists. They scoff, laugh and make mockery of how faith in Jesus Christ can forgive a man’s sins; how the blood of Jesus can possibly wash away a man’s sins; how believing in Jesus can save a man and really take an individual to Heaven. They cannot fathom it. They cannot explain it using logic; they find it extremely illogical, senseless, stupid, and unreasonable. And because it appears foolish, ridiculous and illogical to them, they fail to receive Christ and be saved. But they do this at their own peril and destruction. They don’t know that the ways of God are not the ways of men. They fail to appreciate the fact that God is God, and man is man. Therefore, God’s thoughts and ways will always be different from man’s thoughts and ways; consequently, man cannot fathom with his tiny, natural mind the ways of God and the acts of the Almighty God except with the Holy Spirit.
Many, if not all, of God’s commandments to us in the Bible, when considered with the natural mind, appears irrational, illogical, ridiculous, foolish and stupid. Let’s consider some of these commandments individually: God commands no divorce for WHATSOEVER reason except adultery (Matthew 5:32, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). This command to many Christian Couples today is extremely foolish and groundless, and so they ignore it and divorce for any and every reason (irresponsible spouse, unsubmissive wife, unloving husband, domestic violence, lack of understanding, unfruitfulness, poverty, no love/romance, ineffective communication etc).
God commands us to forgive all men regardless of the severity of the pain, harm, wrong or hurt they must have caused us (Colossians 3:13). But today we have too many Christians struggling to forgive and let go. To them, God’s command to forgive under any and every circumstance is ridiculous, and so they hold on to every hurt, ill treatment, wrong and offence. God commands us to love our enemies, bless those that curse us, do good to those that hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us, and persecute us (Matthew 5:44). Oh! How much this commandment is outrightly disregarded by so many Christians today. They will rather love those that love them, hate those that hate them, curse those that curse them, do bad to those that hate them, criticize and lambaste those who despitefully use them and persecute them; because the command is perceived as senseless to them.
Furthermore, God commands us to not repay anyone who has done us evil with evil (Romans 12:17). Commands us to speak the truth at all times and never lie under any circumstance, for liars will not make it to Heaven (Colossians 3:9). Commands us to not give or take bribes (Exodus 23:8). Commands us to flee and abstain from all forms of sexual immorality- adultery, premarital sex, lust, pornography, masturbation, homosexuality… (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Commands us to live holy lives (1 Thessalonians 4:7). Asks us to believe first before we see and receive, to give before we receive (Luke 6:38). All these commands are today flouted by many Christians, because they consider it purely ridiculous and would rather do what they think is reasonable and logical, operating by the human senses, rather than by faith.
But if we will overlook the seemingly foolishness of these commands and obey God, the miraculous will be our daily experience; meaning, we will enjoy the abundant blessings of God throughout our stay on earth. Because obedience alone provokes the blessings of God: "If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant. But if they refuse to listen to him, they will cross over the river of death, dying from lack of understanding." Job 36:11-12.
God bless you.