God Offends the Rational Mind
. . . Perhaps that is why John the Baptist—languishing in a Roman jail, disheartened in his hopes for the Messiah-Redeemer—sends messengers to ask Jesus:
Are you the One? Or should we expect someone else? Mt 11:3
Awkward. The inquiry verges on the absurd. Remember John, leaping for joy in his mother’s womb when Mary arrives in the early months of her impossible pregnancy with the Messiah? John, the voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord! John declaring upon the riverbank of the Jordan, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John baptizing “the one whose sandals I am not fit to carry,” witnessing the Spirit of God descend like a dove, hearing the voice from heaven declare—“This is my son in whom I am well pleased.”
So, why now the identity crisis? Why the perplexing uncertainty?
Life has a way of bringing us to places where we are no longer confident of what we thought we knew. Things get messy. A marriage in trouble. Children heading in the wrong direction. Financial ruin knocking at the door. Home in foreclosure. Job on the line. A devastating diagnosis. The world going to hell in a handbasket.
Doubt taunts. Where is your Jesus now?
Disappointment mocks. Where is your God in this pretty mess?
Despair raises its fist. Lord, is this the best you can do?
You can see Jesus considering John’s question, and the questions behind the question. “Go tell John what you hear and see: the lame walk, the blind see, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who is not offended in me.”
In other words – words our own hearts need to hear and grab hold of—blessed is the one who sees that the Kingdom is advancing, despite all evidence to the contrary. Blessed are those who are unimpeded by circumstances that seem at odds with their belovedness in Christ. Blessed are those who are undeterred by obstacles in their faith journey. Blessed are those who refuse to concede the reality of God’s unfailing love and perfect authority in the midst of all things—even and especially the hard things.
Human logic wrestles with God, and loses. God offends the rational mind, not because He is irrational, but because His reason transcends our capacity for rational thought.
Is there any area where you are feeling at odds with God’s faithfulness? Is it possible that God is using that very situation to grow in you a supernatural faith that will take you places your rational mind cannot?