Lesson 15 Life Principle: God Does Not Require Us to Understand His Will, Just Obey It, Even if it Seems Unreasonable
Are things not going the way you planned? Is it difficult for you to understand what went wrong in your situation or why you can’t hear God’s answer to your prayers? Sometimes if feels as if God is no longer working in your life because you’ve insisted on doing something your way instead of His way. Perhaps you’ve placed a condition on God: you only obey Him when you think His instructions are logical. What that really means is that you’ve failed to commit yourself to Him completely, and that’s bound to cause frustration in your life.
Are you hesitant to obey God because He’s commanded you to do something that you’re not comfortable with or that you think is irrational? If your prayers seem unanswered and the path ahead appears blocked, then it could be that God is waiting for you to take the step of faith that He’s commanded. Don’t lose hope about your circumstances. Instead, embrace this life principle: God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable.
Reading: Joshua 3 & 6, Psalm:119:145
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- Read Joshua 3. What were the people to look for when crossing the Jordan River (3)?
- What was God’s promise to the people if they obeyed Him (5)?
- What do you think would have happened if the Israelites had not obeyed God?
- Read Joshua 6. What was God’s command to the Israelites concerning Jericho (2-6)?
- Does this make any sense to you as a military strategy?
- According to Joshua 6:5, what was going to make the walls of Jericho fall? (By the way, did you know that archaeological discoveries show that Jericho’s outer wall was 6 ft thick and the inner wall 12 ft thick).
- What was similar about this event and the crossing of the Jordan (6)?
- How closely did the people of Israel have to obey (10)?
- What was the result of the Israelites’ obedience and God’s faithfulness (20,27)?
- Read Ps: 119:145. Remember that obedience must be the top priority of your life.
Dear Lord, after prayer and reading Your Word, I think I know what you are calling me to do or not do. I admit your instructions seem confusing and above my capabilities. Yet I know that it is my duty to obey You because you see the beginning, middle and end of a situation, and I cannot. I need to trust you, knowing that you give assignments that test my heart and further my faith. The good news is that when I submit to You, I am shown Your faithfulness and You empower me, by the Holy Spirit, to do everything You call me to do. My obedience makes my faith stronger. I submit to You. Amen.