Faith Column: Listen to God’s nudges
September 5, 2014
There are times when God asks us to do stuff that doesn't make sense like moving when others think we should stay or giving when we have nothing left. When I'm faced with a decision that could lead to actions that don't add up, I look to some stories from the Bible. There are so many stories of requests God made of people that seem contrary or just plain weird.
Starting in Genesis 6, we find the story of Noah and the ark he built to survive the flood. This plan required a lot of faith to carry out since it wasn't the most common thing to build a boat there, but Noah followed through regardless.
God asked Abraham to do something unthinkable in Genesis 22 when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. While Abraham did set out to do this, God prevented the actual bloodshed and blessed him for his faithfulness.
Joshua 6 told the story of Joshua leading the Israelites in the conquest of Jericho. There were many things here that make absolutely no sense, and God responded to their faithfulness by giving them the city.
Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 put the musicians in front when facing a battle with a few other peoples. This one had been absolutely one of my favorites as worship was the key to victory. The musicians led the people in praising God, and the enemy armies destroyed each other. Jehoshaphat followed the advice of the prophets and overcame adversity.
Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine was told in John 2. Jesus asked the servants to fill waterpots with water since a wedding feast had run out of wine. Then Jesus asked them to draw some out and take it to the headwaiter who declared the wine good. To be one of those servants who knew from where the wine came had to be confusing and amazing.
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The conversion of Saul of Tarsus involved a great act of faith by Ananias, a disciple in Damascus. Acts 9 showed us that initially, Ananias wasn't exactly thrilled to be going to visit a man who threatened and condoned the murder of disciples, but Ananias went to Saul and followed the Lord's command.
These examples show that God regularly asks His followers to do things that sound just plain weird, but by being faithful to those leadings, they got to see God do some amazing things. This gives me hope that by merely being available to the whispers and nudgings of God, I'll get to see Him work.
Katie Grobe is the director of the Pregnancy Center in Craig.