When life throws us big stuffs beyond our abilities, it’s easy to trust God as there is no other option other than to pray and ask for deliverance, but do we trust God the same way for small things? Do we pray for things even when it’s possible by our efforts and abilities? Today I want to exhort you to trust God and obey God, even for the smallest of the small things the same way, how we trust God for impossible things, for He honors and answers all our prayers. If we are willing to trust God in both small and big things and make a God first life rather to- Me decide and do life-, God will honor your efforts and you can see the hands of supernatural in amazing ways throughout your life! Trust God, walk in His way and obey His commandments no matter what, He who sees from heaven will honor your simple or complicated prayers no matter how lame or ridiculous it sounds!
In Isaiah 55:7,8 we read ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV.
God is amazing and He can use anything or nothing to perform a miracle. Today I want to focus certain instances, in the Bible where God’s plan seemed ridiculous and unbelievable, but when those who were told to obeyed it in turn did mighty things! A God who honors your little effort and honors your commitment and does infinitely more for your benefit!
We all know the exodus of Israel from the slavery of Egypt, which took place somewhere in 2500 BC. God used one man Moses as their deliverer. Moses was grown at the palace as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son or simply as Prince and he had the heart to set his people free. He must have thought of freeing them by using his power, skills and influence as Prince for we see, he killed an Egyptian slave master for hitting Israelites- his own brethren- however, it doesn’t work as planned in the end, he ended up running for his own life into the wild desert. There he felt terrible and must have definitely thought of his foolish acts and how sadly he dug his own grave!
Later the Prince became a shepherd and was taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep. And when he thought all came to an end God appears to him in a fiery bush and asks him to go back to Egypt to set his people free and lead them to the promise land Canon! And Moses can’t trust God even though God himself appeared before him and God asks him to drop his stick which he was holding in his hand and it turned into a serpent! And God asks him to do the same in Egypt and he sets forth and obey God and do exactly as how God told him and he performs the miracles and sets the Israelites free after the long slavery of 450 years. Imagine if Moses said no to that opportunity we he would have lost the chance of becoming the greatest leader ever lived!
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.””
Exodus 4:1-5 NIV
A stick becomes a serpent? Wow a non living thing becoming a living thing! And it doesn’t end there, but this serpent swallows all other serpents made by the witchcrafts and magicians!
Now they are heading towards the Red Sea and they came to a place where they are surrounded by two huge mountains on the sides, the Red Sea in the front and Pharaoh and his army chasing from behind to kill and capture them back into slavery and the huge crowd of at least 4million people cry out to Moses and Moses have no option but he looked to heaven and cried out before God and God asks him why are you crying to me? What have you got in your hand and he replies a stick and God asks him to stretch his hand towards the sea!
It seems the most ridiculous thing to ask, but when he obeys an amazing thing which never ever took place, begins to happen! The sea splits into two forming a huge dry path through the sea and God asks the Israelites to cross the sea and everyone crosses the sea safely and as the Pharaoh sees the way in the sea, he asks hi his soldiers to chase them through the sea and they follow the lead and God asks Moses to stretch his hand again and as he obeys the sea becomes one as before, killing the Pharaoh the mighty army and their slave masters!
One act of obedience saved the day! miracle!
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
Exodus 14:10-31 NIV
Later, when they reached Marah they couldn’t drink the water from it as the water was very bitter to taste and the people cried out to Moses for water and Moses in turn cried to God and God showed him a tree and asked him to cut a branch and put it in the water and when he obeyed the water becomes sweet! Imagine how many millions of gallons of water is there in that water front and what is the size of the branch compared to the amount of water in the river! It says the tree wasn’t far away from the water so haven’t any of the branches ever fell into the river anytime earlier? It definitely would have, but God wanted to show he was able to perform the miracle from the same source you have tried many times before and failed! When you trust in God and do even the most ridiculous command He will honor the act of obedience and no matter how many times you have tried before and failed, He makes it achievable!
“Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah. ) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.”
Exodus 15:22-25 NIV
When we come to the book of 2 Kings we see a similar experience where Prophet Elisha goes to the city of Jericho and people there complains to him about the water and he asks them to bring salt in a new plate and they do so and he sprinkles the salt into the water and the water becomes sweet!
Imagine the logic behind it! Does it even comprehend our mind? What’s the salt to such huge amount of water, but when Elisha determined to obey God, He worked out beautifully. Sometimes God’s plan that appears ridiculous. But if you are ready to obey, you will see the work of His mighty hands.
“The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.” “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ ” And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.”
2 Kings 2:19-22 NIV
The disciples of Elisha requested Elisha to join them to forest to get timber for the expansion of their dormitory as the place have become congested and he agrees and goes with them and while one of them was cutting the tree with axe the axe falls into the river and they say that to Elisha and he throws a stick in that place and the iron axe floats!!! What a miracle iron floats on water? Again, is there some magnetic property on the stick to bring up the iron axe? No! But when you obey God no matter how ridiculous the plan sounds, you will see the miracle of God!
“The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?” “I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!” The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.”
2 Kings 6:1-7 NIV
Again the widow who was so much drowned in debt came and asks Prophet Elisha for a way out of her debts, as the people are about to catch her children and make them slaves, Elisha asks what else she have in the house and she replies a jar of oil and he asks her to get as many jars as possible and she obeys the prophets words and collects as many jars as she can then start pouring the oil from her jar to each one and it kept filling every other jar until all other jars got completely filled and when all the jars were full the oil stopped flowing and she sold the oil and paid all her debts and with the rest she made her living. Here God made the problem – the debt- be a solution for her future by obtaining money by selling the oil!
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.””
2 Kings 4:1-7 NIV
The Army General of Aram suffered from leprosy, was told about Elisha, who could heal him and came to visit Elisha and he expected Elisha to come and lay his hands on his head and pray for him instead Elisha didn’t even come to meet him, but, asked him to dip himself 7 times in the river of Jordan and he became very angry for asking him to do so. But his servants persuaded him to do so and when he obeyed his leprosy was completely healed and got new skin as of a new born baby! Imagine what would have happened if he wouldn’t have obeyed!
The small act of obedience no matter how ridiculous it sounds often lies as an answer for the huge problem what you’re facing in life!
“Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
2 Kings 5:1-6, 8-14 NIV
Simon Peter the fisherman gave his boat to Jesus to deliver His sermon to the followers and after Jesus finished His sermon, He asked Peter to move the boat to the deep sea and cast out the net for catching fish and he replied “Lord, we worked the whole night and didn’t even catch a single fish. But, I will obey you” and when he did so God honored his act of obedience and caught the biggest catch ever! He could have told Jesus, what do you know about fishing? True, you could give a sermon and all, but fishing is different! Instead, Peter obeyed and got the biggest catch ever!
“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Luke 5:1-11 NIV
Saul, who later became Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus at the gate of Damascus and he went blind. He didn’t know what happened, but understood it was because of his attacks against the followers of Jesus and he understood Jesus is the true God, but he didn’t know anything more and what to be done next, but he obeyed the words of Jesus as he was told to go in the city and wait there not knowing what lies ahead he obeyed the voice and waited in the city meanwhile God appears to Ananias and asked him to go to Saul’s house and pray for Saul! He was astonished at that command from God, for he knew who exactly Saul was and why he is coming to Damascus, but he obeys God’s command rather to his personal security and risks his life and meets Saul and prays for him and Saul receives his sight back which leads to Saul’s convention of being a zealous Pharisee to Apostle Paul! Saul, who later became Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus at the gate of Damascus and he went blind. He didn’t know what happened, but understood it was because of his attacks against the followers of Jesus and he understood Jesus is the true God, but he didn’t know anything more and what to be done next, but he obeyed the words of Jesus as he was told to go in the city and wait there not knowing what lies ahead he obeyed the voice and waited in the city meanwhile God appears to Ananias and asked him to go to Saul’s house and pray for Saul! He was astonished at that command from God, for he knew who exactly Saul was and why he is coming to Damascus, but he obeys God’s command rather to his personal security and risks his life and meets Saul and prays for him and Saul receives his sight back which leads to Saul’s convention of being a zealous Pharisee to Apostle Paul! Imagine if Ananias would have denied to present himself before Saul and pray for him, Apostle Paul might have never emerged! Imagine all the basic doctrines of Christianity wouldn’t even come out as how it is today in the Bible! Little did Ananias knew what implications his act of obedience had!
“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.”
Acts 9:1-22 NIV
But, the most important of all these is the salvation through Jesus Christ! God who was in high heavens came down as man for the salvation of mankind and gave himself completely on the Cross of Calvary and died himself on the treacherous cross by giving His very last drop of blood and water in His body and set us free, for those who believe in Him from heart and confess their sins and lead a holy life will become the Child of God! What an amazing Grace and what a great privilege! When men look for anything and everything for salvation, Jesus had made the salvation absolutely free!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Romans 10:9-10 NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
John 3:16-19 NIV
This list is not ending here, but there are instances after instances throughout the Bible. The miracles what it took place were always huge and amazing, but the reason behind those miracles were not as big as the miracle, but some ridiculously odd commands from God and when they simply obeyed God no matter how ridiculous it sounded God did what he promised and much more than he Promised.
Are you willing to obey God no matter how ridiculous it sounds? Are you willing to trust and put God first in both big and small things you face in life? Then you will see the Supernatural hand of God acting daily in your life!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV