Reading the Bible of the seemingly “way-out” things that some individuals did often makes us ponder. We want to know whether those actions had moved God or those actions were merely a result of what they already believed in what God had said in His words.
Here is a list of some of the more prominent ones:
Noah was asked to build an ark on dry land based on God’s specifications for his family and two of every sort of living things (possibly becoming the greatest laughing stock among the inhabitants of that land then). (Genesis 6-7)
Moses was asked to lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the Red Sea in front of at least two millions of panicky people under death threat by the powerful enemy army close at their heels. (Exodus 14)
Joshua was asked to march daily once around the Jericho city walls for six consecutive days, with seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark silently in front of his entire armies , and on the seventh day march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. (Joshua 6)
Samuel gathered all Israel to Mizpah, drew water and poured it out before the Lord, then took a suckling lamb and offered to the Lord as a whole burnt offering, while their arch enemies the Philistines armies drew near to battle against Israel. (1 Samuel 7)
When three nations’ armies came to battle against Judah, King Jehoshaphat led his people to worship the Lord and the Levites praised the Lord with loud voices. On the day of the battle, Jehoshaphat appointed those who should sing to the Lord and those who should praise the beauty of holiness to go out before the army saying, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 20)
Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water of the River Jordan. (2 Kings 2:8)
Elisha cut off a stick, and threw it into the River Jordan where the axe head had fallen into. (2 Kings 6:6)
Naaman, commander of the army of the King of Syria, dipped seven times in the River Jordan, at the instruction of Elisha the prophet. (2 Kings 5:14)
What happened when men did the “foolish” things in obedience to their specific callings by God? Noah witnessed the great flood ridding the land of evil and a fresh new start as promised. Moses and his two million people saw the Red Sea parted and they were delivered from the Egyptians. The tall and mighty walls of Jericho fell down flat and Joshua and his army captured the city with comparative advantage. Samuel and his armies saw the defeat of their enemy’s powerful armies. When King Jehosaphat’s men began to sing and praise God, their enemies’ armies were defeated. Of course Elijah saw the River Jordan parted. Elisha’s disciples saw even an iron axe head swam to the surface! Namaan, an alien leper, experienced complete healing and conversion after the seventh dip.
Take note that they did not make God do those miracles by their responses. Their trust in God’s words enabled them to witness the miracles! Their responses were outcome of what they already believed in. The divine sequence is: They heard what God said, they believed, they responded in action and then they witnessed the results just as what God had said.
Unless a man stops trying to figure out with his limited mind knowledge and explain away through his own five senses the things of God, he will remain as the unfruitful soils that Jesus has described in the parable “sower sows the seed”. This is called unbelief.
Unbelief cancels out faith. Faith rests in our spirits. Jesus has clearly stated and reminded that the flesh (five senses, emotion, and the un-renewed mind) profits nothing, and only the Spirit gives life ——His words are spirit and life. (John 6:63) Accept this truth. Knowing this truth has set many free just as Jesus has promised! (John 8:32)
A watchman has to see from the revelation through God’s words to reach God’s rich supernatural resources. The Holy Spirit provides the way to such vision. Can any Christian do so? Yes. You can read the words of God and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Where do you find the Holy Spirit? John 6:63 Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
Bible verses to meditate upon:
1 Corinthians 2:13-14 “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man (the man without the Spirit) does not receive (accept) the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned”. v16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”