Ridiculous

Dear Church Family,                                                           

At the start of Sunday’s sermon my mind was a bit confused as to what ‘Ridiculous’ is. As the sermon unfolded, the message struck home to me.  Who in their right mind would build a huge boat in the middle of a healthy arable land?   Noah did.  He found favour and grace in the eyes of the Lord and he was obedient to God but to the world around him what he did was RIDICULOUS!

I am thankful that God has not made such a perceived ‘Ridiculous’ request of me.

He asks us to worship Him and only Him.  He repeated it when His Son told us to, Love God first then your neighbour second; - (Matt 22: 37 – 40).  I suppose when you think of it in the worldly, secular sense it can be a ridiculous request.  After all what is the secular command for everyone, “love yourself first, then love what satisfies your worldly urges and desires no matter who it hurts”.

But as a Christian, is God’s command to us ridiculous?  No!  Why?  Think about it in light of the what the secular world commands.  All we have, has been given to us by God.  We might say, “God didn’t give it to me, I worked hard for this”, or “I used my brains to get that”.  Our bodies and our ability to work, our brain and our ability to use our brain and think, are given to us by God along with our freedom to choose.  God’s requests to us have only been ridiculous to those who follow Satan in the secular world.

You will find God’s love everywhere in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  When He made His covenants with us, He gave us certain conditions.  But the enemy would have us believe that they are ‘Ridiculous’.  There was the Adamic Covenant (Gen 1); the Noahic Covenant (Gen 9); the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12); the Palestinian Covenant (Deut 30); the Mosaic Covenant (Deut 11); the Davidic Covenant (2Samuel 7).  All of which mankind has thought to be ‘Ridiculous’, yet He forgave us and gave us a New Covenant where he provided for continuing forgiveness by offering an eternal sacrifice for those who only need to call on Him to accept it. Jesus said to us, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” - (John 4: 6).  He is our Ark and He is there for anyone who wants to get on board and this covenant is not made with a people, it’s with each individual.

So, to us, ‘doing the ridiculous’ is, listening to God and obeying Him.

Is it ridiculous to me? No! Is it difficult? Yes! at times it is, because the enemy in the world tells us it’s ‘Ridiculous’.  But, God is with us always.  If we call on Him, He will provide, maybe not the way we want but always His way.  He wants us to tell Him that we want Him, so yes, we must reach out for Him, fight the good fight, fulfil the great commission.  He asks no more of us than what we can do and He equips us in our fight against the enemy. “He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world”.

God bless you

John Deroule