Summary: So what are we supposed to do if God calls us to do something that doesn’t make a lick of sense? Trust in God.
All throughout the Bible, we can see that God liked to ask His people to do things that just didn’t seem to make sense. Here are a couple of examples:
In the desert, God first asked the Israelites to give Him the first and the best of their crops and herds. If you’re a farmer, this doesn’t make any sense. Farmers want to keep the best genetic specimens to make sure the next herds are just as good!
God sent the huge numbers of Israelites out of Egypt (river plains, fertile, lots of food) into the desert (not much water, v. little food). Again, this doesn’t make sense. Where are you going to find enough food and water out there for hundreds of thousands of people all at once?
When He was going to conquer the oppressing army, God told Gideon to send home almost all of his own men. That’s just crazy talk! Why would you attack an opposing force of tens of thousands of men with only 300 soldiers?
The more you read the Bible, the more you see of these events that just don’t seem to make logical sense - from a human perspective, anyway. Each of these examples I gave, though, have a pretty obvious explanation, when you think about them for a few minutes. God asked the Israelites to give Him the first and best of their crops and herds because He wanted them to place their future in Him. Makes sense. God sent the Israelites into the desert because He wanted them to learn to depend on Him for their daily bread. Again, makes sense. God sent Gideon into battle with only 300 men because He wanted us to know who really fights our battles. Makes perfect sense, when you think about it.
But some things in the Bible just don’t make a lot of sense, even when you think about them for a few minutes. Turn with me to the book of Hosea, chapter 1.
2When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, He said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.”
Let’s start at the beginning -- Hosea is a prophet, right? Specifically chosen and called by God to deliver His word. And, one of the first things God tells Hosea is for him to go marry a prostitute! Really? A prostitute? I can see Hosea questioning this. “OK, Lord...I get what You’re trying to do. But isn’t there another way? Can’t you just give me some words to shout at people on the street corner so I don’t have to marry a prostitute?” “HEY! YOU OVER THERE! GOD SAID THAT YOU’RE ALL GOING TO BE PUNISHED! K, THANKS! SEE YOU LATER!” Try to imagine the first time Hosea goes to temple after all this -- people whispering in the aisles, “Hey, isn’t that the guy who married the prostitute?”
But, Hosea did it anyway. He had no idea where this was going, but He trusted God. Hosea married Gomer, and lo and behold she gets pregnant and bears Hosea a son!