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Seeds of the Kingdom

God Versus Logic

by Andy Taylor

7 September 2009

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‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’.
Isaiah 55:8-9, NLT

If there is one thing that I have come to realize, it is that we should not expect to understand the ways of God! In the above verse God makes it abundantly clear that His ways are not ours. This doesn’t just mean that we see things differently but rather that we are unable to even imagine what He does and why!

The big problem for us is that we live in a very logical society. Each decision is worked out with its pro’s and con’s so that when we’ve evaluated all the options we can then make a ‘wise’ decision. I hate to break the news to you though – this is not always how God works! He doesn’t ask us to evaluate the options and follow logic – He simply asks us to follow Him.

I don’t know about you, but this is a constant challenge. Everything in me wants to know how, why and, most importantly, when! But the God of the Bible doesn’t seem to want to answer these questions and is definitely not willing to be boxed in by the constraints of man’s logic.

I wonder what would have happened if David used logic to decide whether or not to fight Goliath; or how Gideon’s attack strategy would have looked if logic had been his master; or how many of the Galilean disciples would have left their nets once they’d done a logic analysis of the new business proposition! No doubt these, and many other heroes of the faith, longed to understand why God was asking them to do something that made no logical sense. But the fact is they walked forward anyway, and this enabled God to do the extraordinary through them.

What is God challenging you with today? Is the voice of logic overtaking the leading of the Spirit? Why not ask God today, to help you step out in faith and trust with those things that you know are from Him - even if it doesn't appear to make sense!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to hear your voice clearly, so that when I know that I have heard your voice I can step out in confidence to follow you. Thank you that your ways are always best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Andy Taylor is Director of Ellel Grange, UK National Director and is a member of the Executive Leadership of Ellel Ministries. He joined the team in 1991 and has served the Lord at Ellel Ministries centres in the UK, Australia and the USA. Andy is married to Cath and they have three boys.


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