Mind Blowing God
One of the exciting things about serving God is how he often takes us into situations where it seems there is no way out of a problem. When all our senses seem to tell us that God has clearly left us alone, that he has forgotten us, or that we must have strayed off his plan somewhere, just when it seems absolutely hopeless, God blows our minds!
Gideon had 32,000 soldiers to attack the Midianite army, but that was too many. God told Gideon “the people with you are too many for me to give to the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me saying “My own hand has saved me” (Judges 7:2). So Gideon asked for anyone who was afraid to go home. He was left with 10,000. But God said it was still too many (7:4). He has Gideon select men in his army who drank water a certain way to narrow it down to 300.
When Moses left Egypt with an entire Nation of Israelites, the first place God led him was to a dead end. The Egyptian army was coming up fast to destroy them and the Red Sea was right in the way.
But God used 300 soldiers to cause a panic in the Midianite camp and they wiped themselves out. God opened the Red sea before the Israelite’s eyes so that they would be delivered and the Egyptians would be slaughtered. All this, so that they would know that God is the one who does things beyond their control.
When the love of God seemed so far to those surrounded by the Pharisees who held people to an impossible standard of righteousness, Jesus came and met the righteous requirement for us with perfect obedience and then paid the impossible debt of sin on the cross. In a truly mind-blowing fashion, God opened up the veil for all men to enjoy a relationship with God through his Son.
We can trust God. He is and will always be a God that makes the impossible possible.
This week, I started to feel overwhelmed with where I am. I live in a City full of people who seem apathetic to the Gospel. They seem very content with their system of religion and even those who have left it are double hardened by a bad religious experience. It seemed no one had an appetite for a God who was wholly worth their worship.
But then, the Spirit reminded me of what Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 19:24. It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom. The disciples responded astonished: “who then can be saved?” Although Jesus could certainly draw a crowd, his followers were still very few. Humanly speaking their response was a very accurate assessment. But Jesus’ answer warmed my soul. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (19:26)
I set out on a Thursday to share the Gospel. I sat down on our College campus with a sign that read “OPEN BIBLE STUDY”. It wasn’t long before I had several students that authentically wanted to learn the Bible. My mind was blown. We’re going to meet again and I’m excited to see God do things in those young people that I could never do.
Of course, this too needs to be said. When God blows our minds, it moves us to worship. If you can’t worship Jesus, if you find it difficult to sing loud in reflection to the greatness of God, you need your mind blown.
Only 300 of Gideon’s soldiers got to see the hand of God. Only the Children of Israel saw his mind-blowing deliverance. They all had this in common: they followed him. Following the Lord by living by his word in obedience to his commands will lead you to dire places. But stay the course! He’s about to act. “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)