We can get stuck for all kinds of reasons, but rarely is there a way out when we put logic and reason above God’s wisdom. When we understand that His nature is constant and unchanging, His ways of thinking are designed to produce faith and trust within us.

1. The nature of God is constant, but what He will do next may be unpredictable.

Through logic and reason alone, we can hear a fresh truth that hands us a key. But until we’ve had a living encounter with that truth, it remains just a concept. People become stuck when they value logic and reason above God’s wisdom and His ways of thinking that produce faith and trust.

A mediocre gospel says to go ahead and believe, just don’t get unreasonable or otherworldly about it. But Isaiah 55:9 clearly says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” So the God who feeds 5000 with a few loaves and fish, the God who takes walled cities by telling the soldiers to March in circles and shout, the God who reduces an army of 30,000 to 300 … is not a logical God.

Often we put logic and reasonable God’s wisdom and higher ways of seeing and thinking. Then we make ourselves captive to a reasonable gospel that has been reduced to manageable human proportions, ones that do not require trust or faith.

And that’s where we get stuck.

2. We can miss an everyday encounter because they often don’t appear to make sense.

Encounters and experiences with God are powerful and essential in relational learning. They are our opportunity to unlearn our dependence on logic and reason. Nothing wrong with logic and reason, but we’re living a relational gospel through trust and faith; and often, those don’t appear to be that logical. When we embrace God’s higher ways of trust, faith and patience that come from intimacy and relationship with Him, that’s how we live.

But one of the reasons we can miss an everyday encounter is because they often don’t appear to make sense to us. I wonder if Jeremiah was perplexed when he was told to go visit the Potter’s house. What about the woman at the Well with Jesus in John chapter 4? She seems puzzled by the concept of living water. And of course, my favorite, Gideon. He was completely perplexed by the angel’s greeting: “Hello, valiant warrior.” I bet that was the last thing he felt.

3. To encounter true peace, Philippians 4:7 says that it will surpass our understanding.

Of course, we all know that logic and reason are not inherently wrong, so we’re not saying that. But when they become our primary source for peace, faith, and trust, then we can only rest once we’ve figured out everything for ourselves. As a result, we’ve just removed faith and trust from the picture, and we settle for so much less than God has on offer for us.

I love the Faith chapter in Hebrews 11. It’s by faith that we understand, “without faith, it’s impossible to please God.” In your circumstances, he who comes to God must believe that He is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. It’s a simple process. Believe that God is with you and for you. Secondly, He loves to reward simple trust and faith. Thirdly, we practice seeking him calmly and confidently. And fourthly, we don’t allow the urgency of our situation to take away from the importance of peace and presence.

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