Faith That Defies Logic

https://goo.gl/maps/thhMouwyvwyOne particular day we (me and my dad) were walking with my uncle Allen and my best friend Wayne (cousin, I had one on every block). The Rincon branch flowed through the town and along the property of my uncle William. The water reminded me of the color of tea: however, you could still see clear to the bottom easily seeing the minnows and crawdads. Lots of children played in this area. A pool had formed naturally at this spot. This day the branch had swelled as we were graced earlier with a rain shower.


Wayne and I were poking around the branch, throwing rocks, watching them skip. Without explanation and warning, we were instructed to strip down to our skimpies and cross the rapid stream.

I was downright puzzled. This seemed to defy logic, at least from a boy’s perspective. I was perfectly happy in my dry clothes. I didn’t outwardly question my dad’s sanity. But, we did as we were told. Into the swirling water we went and traversed to the other side by using an old gas line for stability. We were met on the other side with our dry clothes. Nothing was ever said again.

skipping rocksI think about that day often. Never questioned my dad as to why this ever happened. If someone had passed by and asked me why I was crossing a branch in my skivvies, my answer would surely been met with bewilderment and scorn. After all, it defied logic. But I loved my dad, trusted him, knew he had my best intentions in mind, even if it meant getting down to my skivvies.

I think about how the simple message of the cross is so perplexing and stunning. We just cannot grasp the particulars and fit them all in an easy bag of logic.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Co.1:18

God’s logic is perplexing.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not..”

Why would God move in this way?

“….to bring to nothing the things that are,that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Co.1:27-28

Faith is rooted in the cross. What appears to the world as illogical or a lapse of logic, is in fact the difference between life and death.

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” 1 Co.1:21

Let’s bring this full circle.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.” 1 Co.1:30-31

Don’t listen to the noise around you.

God’s intentions for you are demonstrated on the cross. No, he isn’t asking you to do something off the wall, but, do you trust Him? Do you trust His judgment in the area of eternity? Defy worldly logic and defy your many doubts. God provides the wisdom needed to overcome the world- Jesus Christ.

Bruce Kessler

South Canadian Valley Church of Christ
Norman, OK


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