Scripture records that God asked some of His servants to do some pretty crazy things. From building a gigantic boat to parting the Red Sea to standing up against persecution to killing one’s son, God made some very strange requests.
How did Hosea really know he was supposed to marry a loose woman? Did Noah ever wonder if his mind was playing tricks on him? What went through Abraham’s mind as he raised the knife and looked into the sheepish eyes of his beloved son? These type of questions really bother me. I don’t know if I would have had the faith to obey.
At times it seems the more outrageous the command or word, the more likely it came from God. I wonder if God does this so that we know His work in our lives is really His work and not something we do. Are these strange requests tests of faith or avenues to build our faith in God? How about both?
Bill Cosby performed a comedy skit about the likely interaction between Noah and God. You can listen to it by clicking on the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0KHt8xrQkk
I personally believe that Bill Cosby hit on something. It does all come down to faith. Do we trust God or not?
While I may struggle to understand all of God’s ways and requests, I am comforted by the fact that He truly knows best. How about you?