Common Sense vs. Faith

I was reading Oswald Chambers Devotion this morning and this verse is quoted.

Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ —John 11:40

Sometimes when I read the words of Christ I hear a hint of something. Maybe even a sense of humor, holy sarcasm? My mind fast forwards to the day when we get to see Him face to face. He may say something like this to us as we stand in amazement. And the Lord could say, I told you everything! You had it all at your fingertips, I held nothing back, its all in there! Then we can go over all the times He told us what was true, and His promises. We shouldnt be in shock when these things come to pass.  Its common sense vs faith. The world tells us that common sense is all we need. But Faith is the opposite of common sense, really.

John 11:39 – Jesus said,” Take ye away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

First of all, I am going to start using that word… Stinketh. Thought that was funny. So, Martha questions because common sense tells her that her Lord is wrong. There she stood face to face with Jesus and she was questioning his words to her. They didnt make sense. Sometimes Lots of times things the Lord tells us doesnt make sense to our carnal mind. We need to be in Him. Thinking like Him, getting His perspective, trusting like Jesus did when He walked the earth and believing with our eyes of Faith.

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3 Responses to Common Sense vs. Faith

  1. bellissimanh says:

    Mark Buchanan wrote an excellent book called “The Holy Wild,” in which he talks about trusting in the character of God. He quotes a passage from CS Lewis’ great work “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

    Lucy, upon learning that Aslan is in fact a lion, rather than a person asks, “Is he safe?”

    Mrs. Beaver resonds: “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”

    That’s the crux of our faith. God will often challenge us to come with Him into territory that we’re unfamiliar with… to go way beyond anything we could even imagine. Lif with Him can seem frightening at times, but we can trust His character because we know that He is good.

    To quote Mark Buchanan, “It’s life drunk deeply, lived to the hilt — where we walk with the God who is surprising, dangerous and mysterious. It’s the terrain where God doesn’t make sense out of our disasters and our boredom, but keeps meeting us in the thick of them. But unless we trust His character, we’ll never venture in. We will sit at the stream all day dying of thirst, but not daring to drink. To follow God is to drink and drink from the stream, even if it means — especially if it means — getting swallowed up.”

    Excellent read… I highly recommend it!

  2. Sarah says:

    Heather,
    My friend Julie quotes that to me all the time. “Of course he isnt safe! But he is good!” I love that thought and am definitely going to check out the book you recommended! Thank you for posting, I am going to check out your new site! -S

  3. bellissimanh says:

    Saw this quote today and it reminded me of this post in your blog…

    “[Jesus said] ‘I am the resurrection and the life … Do you believe this?’ This is a canyon question which makes sense only during an all-night vigil or in the stillness of smoke-filled waiting rooms. A question that makes sense when all of our props, crutches, and costumes are taken away. For then we must face ourselves as we really are: rudderless humans tailspinning toward disaster. And we are forced to see him for what he claims to be: our only hope.”

    —Max Lucado

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