On Life Defying Logic

Many times life defies logic. Have you ever noticed that? One of the biggest hurdles in life that we face, especially when we are trying to follow God is that many times the call of God is counterintuitive to what we perceive as safe, and many times God seems to lack “common sense.” But God reminds us that His ways and thoughts are not like ours, but it still takes courage to do what God has asked us to do.In this passage in 2 Samuel, we are not told the whole story here, just some facts that stand out about Benaniah, the son of Jehoiada. Conflict and death were a common part of this era of human history, and men often did “mighty deeds” with regard to these conflicts.But then it says that among Benaiah’s mighty deeds that he went down a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day. Wow!I can only imagine that if most of us were given the opportunity to go into a pit with a lion to kill it, even given some warrior like skills, we would pass. Too dangerous, not enough in it for me. For what? I would ask myself, it’s not logical. But it is a metaphor for us of a real life of following God.I can think of countless times that God has given me opportunities to do mighty things for Him but I have walked away by saying things like, “ Too dangerous,” and “ not enough in it for me.” Our tendency is always to look for the things in life that make sense, but the mighty face danger to accomplish something that most would not fathom.Safety or logic cannot always be what governs our decision making for what God asks us to do. Faith is our ability to trust the God that we know, so His presence in our lives must become the safety that we need, not our own definition of safety in the world.

Following God is not for the faint hearted, but when we purposely “go into a pit to kill a lion” in the pursuit of following Him, then our successes and failures are His to bear and our lives are significant in Him. But we really wouldn’t have it any other way.

Originally published at www.the-thinking-christian.com.