Unconventional Faith: Step into a Miracle
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. — John 9:6-7
Every time I read this story, I am struck by how God uses unconventional means to accomplish extraordinary things. God does this quite often. For example, in 1 Samuel 17, we read about a shepherd boy who will defeat a giant. In Joshua 7, a small army of 300 men defeats an army of 135,000 Midianites with trumpets and torches. In Joshua 6, Israelites marched around Jericho for seven days shouting and blowing trumpets, which led to the fall of the first city in the promised land. Time and time again throughout Christian history, our God has used unconventional means to accomplish extraordinary things.
But every time, there is one commonality. One thing that has to be present for the miracle to take place. It's an act of faith sparked by a man of faith.
Therefore, we can conclude that if David doesn't act by running into the battle, we don't see a giant fall. If the 300 men of Gideon don't act by marching toward the 135,000 Midianites blowing their trumpets as commanded, then the enemy isn't defeated. If the Israelites don't act by marching around the wall of Jericho, then the people of God never see the promised land.
And this made me think. I wonder how many times I have failed to see a miracle of God because his unconventional means seemed too unreasonable for me. Could it be just once? Or hundreds of times? I assume the latter.
And then I realized the moments I take the most unconventional step of faith is when I have no other choice. It's when all the other conventional acts have been tried and attempted. Then, like Moses, I will finally step into the Red Sea. But why only then? Why only when all the conventional means have been tried? Why not in the other moments? Those unconventional and unreasonable moments?
So let's try doing that together today. Let's decide to act in unconventional faith even when there are conventional means to be tried and attempted. And then let's see if God doesn't do the miracle he has been waiting to do but merely waiting on you to take that unreasonable and unconventional step of faith.
ASK THIS: Do you only take reasonable steps of faith? What is an unreasonable and unconventional step you could take today?
DO THIS: Take it.
PRAY THIS: God, I am ready to take an unreasonable step of faith, so I can see you do an unconventional thing. Your power is not limited by our understanding or conventional methods. May I see the extraordinary miracles that You have in store for me and bring glory to Your name.
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