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The “Unscience” of God’s Call?

by on October 14, 2017

img_mouseover3 (3)I have had the privilege to lead several small groups throughout the past five years.  In those groups, I have always spoken of the innate human desire to observe, predict, and control.  These three drive many of our actions on a daily basis.  We naturally try to observe past experiences so that we can predict present circumstances so that we can control future outcomes.  Let me give an example:

  1. Scientific method.  All the sciences use the observe, predict, and control model.  They do this in order to form hypotheses, experiment using controls, and formulating theories that can be either proven or disproven by repeating experiments.  The goal of science is to explain and understand natural phenomena.  From Physics and Chemistry to Psychology and Ecology, these methods hold true.

Consider this, it makes no sense to the natural human mind to put its trust in something that is both unpredictable and uncontrollable.  And yet that’s exactly what God is.  He is and always will be unpredictable and uncontrollable.  Let me share with you a passage from His word that demonstrates this.

Acts 13:1-3 “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (ESV)

Did the Holy Spirit tell them exactly where to go, what to do, and how to do it?  No.  All Barnabas and Saul knew was that God had told them to go.  They did not know where nor for how long.  They just knew that they had to go.  They made the decision to follow where the Holy Spirit was calling them, even though it left them open to unpredictable, uncontrollable circumstances.

Is God calling you to something?  Is God asking you to follow Him somewhere, even if He has not revealed any details about it?  This week at Berean, we have our Missions Conference.  We will hear from many whose lives have been transformed because of their simple response to God’s call: “go”.  Now, God may not be calling you to leave everything you are familiar with and leave the country, but I do want to urge you to quiet your soul during the conference, and ask God what He is calling YOU to.

To clarify, God is not opposed to science.  But who knows, He may be calling you to do something that completely defies your desire to observe, predict, and control.  My prayer is that you will boldly step into that conversation with God anyway.

 

In case you didn’t know beforehand, this week begins our blog series on missions.  And just in time for our Missions Conference that begins TONIGHT at Berean Bible Church.  Check out the church website at http://www.berean-shoreline.org/  for details!

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