Comedy Devotionals

Expecting The Unexpected from God


There’s a well-known joke that goes….

A pious man was once caught in rising floodwaters. He climbed onto the roof of his house and trusted God to rescue him. A man came by in a canoe and said, “The waters will soon be above your house.  Jump in, and I can take you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the pious man. “I’ve prayed to God and He will save me.”

A short time later the police came by in a boat. “The waters will soon be above your house. Jump in, and we can take you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the pious man. “I’ve prayed to God and He will save me.”

A little time later a rescue services helicopter hovered overhead, let down a rope ladder and said. “The waters will soon be above your house. Climb the ladder and we’ll fly you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the pious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”

Soon the waters reached above the roof and the pious man drowned. When he arrived at heaven he asked God, “Lord, why am I here in heaven? I prayed for you to save me, I trusted you to save me from that flood.”

“Yes you did my child” replied the Lord. “And I sent you a canoe, a boat and a helicopter. But you never got in.”

This is a bit of a silly story, but it’s very real of how we church people can sometimes behave.  How many times have you asked God for something and He brought you the answer in a way you didn’t expect, or even worse, brought you the answer through a person who you really didn’t want to receive anything from?

Jesus often delivered important messages in a form that He knew would be offensive to many, like telling a bunch of Kosher Jews that in order to inherit the Kingdom they had to eat his flesh and drink His blood.   He lost most of his followers that day.  Why would He do that?  Was it just to offend the religious Pharisees?

He’s a good Father and we know He is not interested in tricking us or humiliating us, but he is interested in us growing and seeing us  bear fruit.  Jesus would often veil his stories in offensive contexts to expose the religious spirits that clouded the people’s ability to hear God.  He loves us too much to let religion (meaningless rules and repetitions) get in between our relationship with Him, and relationship is what is required to get past offense.  If you love Him and trust Him enough, you’ll be able to look past the offensive package He sends your answer to prayer in, and receive the beautiful gift inside.  Remember His disciples didn’t understand either, but they wouldn’t leave after that offensive speech because they loved Him and trusted that all His words held life (See John 6:54).  Love and trust will give you keys into His heart.

“Would we be surprised if God came…in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The way to make room for Him is to expect Him to come, but not in a certain way.”- Oswald Chambers

In the upper room, scared and persecuted believers gathered to pray and wait on the promised Holy Spirit.  They didn’t know what they were waiting for, but Jesus promised it would be even better than having Him on earth.  “How could that be possible?” I’m sure they thought.  Nothing could have prepared them for the rush of wind, flames of fire over each others heads and such joy to come on them that the whole neighborhood thought they were drunk (See Acts 2).  There is a reason the Bible chose to describe them as looking drunk.  Once again, God did not come in a way anyone could have expected.  And furthermore, the way He came was pretty offensive to anyone who was looking for God in their religious rules and repetitions.  How many of us could say we wouldn’t have been offended if we were bystanders there witnessing the drunken behavior and seeing them claim it was God?  But a boldness came on those believers like never before and they were able to preach the gospel without fear and 3000 people came into the Kingdom that day.  God does what He wants to do how He wants to do it, and I think it’s time we accept that.  God is exposing our religious thinking with the hope that we will lay it down to have a real relationship with Him, the God of the unexpected, a God that none of us can claim to fully know, a God who has so many sides to Him that even the angels will be exclaiming “Holy, Holy, Holy” again and again for all of eternity as they keep seeing new sides of Him and His nature.

What have you been praying for?  Have you been expecting the answer to come in a certain way?  Ask God if you’ve missed something He’s had for you because of offense or a religious spirit and then receive his love and blessings in whatever form He chooses to deliver them!

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