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Christmas and Crazy Wisdom

I want you to imagine a war-torn country, enduring unspeakable horrors on a daily basis. Darkness rules and hope is scarce.

Now imagine that you have the ability to do something about all the atrocities this war has caused, not only to stop them but reverse and eradicate the power and influence of the oppressors.

What do you picture as the solution?

A vast army, maybe? A military genius who could come in a conquer?

God saw the war raging against humanity caused by sin and rebellion as well as the demonic principalities and powers that mankind gave their authority. It never escaped His attention. The war was intense and violent. Despicable things were said and done, and He had every intention of ending it.

So He sends His Son to be born a baby.

newbornI don’t know if I can fully grasp the seeming insanity of this. The Father loved so much that He gave His Son. Jesus loved so much that He offered Himself in full subjection and obedience to the Father’s will and earthly parents.

No heavenly armies dispatched. No military coup.

There is a real war going on, but God’s wisdom surpasses ours (thankfully). He could have destroyed the world and started over, but instead He had His eye on full redemption. He chose not to use a display of force or military might, but one of submission and humility.

There is nothing more fragile than a human baby, but that’s exactly what Jesus became to fulfill the plan of salvation. And if it were me, I would certainly keep it all under wraps so as not to draw any attention from the enemy. I mean, it’s one thing to set in motion an overthrow of centuries-long oppression with a baby being born, but you don’t want the word getting out because the oppressors may want to do something about the end of their rule.

What does God do? He sends angels to announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds and then fills the skies with a multitude!

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” –Luke 2:13-14

Can I encourage you today? God is not afraid of the enemy or anything he may try to do. His purposes will stand. His plan will be brought to fulfillment and perfect completion in your life. You don’t need to keep it quiet. You need to rejoice that oppression has an end and it is in Him!

Of course we know, Herod did try to destroy Jesus after the magi visited him, but he couldn’t do it. You have no need to fear. The same Father who loved so much, the same Jesus who loved so much–they will see you through to His best. It took some crazy wisdom for Joseph to move his family to Egypt to avoid the devastation (Matthew 2:13).

You may be facing some difficult situations yourself. Don’t be afraid, He’s reserved some crazy wisdom for just such an occasion. Listen and respond. Follow His voice and follow His heart.

It may not be how you thought, but God certainly has a way of working beyond our intellectual capacity.

How about you? Followed any crazy wisdom lately (or ever)? What has been the outcome?

10 Comments

  1. Absolutely loved this inspiration today, Jason! Thank you for sharing. Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..God of the ImpossibleMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Martha! Glad you were blessed. 🙂

  2. Wow… Awesome post! I like the way you pointed out how this is absolutely the opposite of how our minds work. God is sovereign over His creation and proved it, not to mention that he moved our Messiah around to fulfill prophecy as well. Great point! I’ll have to use this thought. Thanks, Jason.

    • Please do use the thought, Floyd! Thank you. 🙂

  3. God is not afraid of the enemy or anything he may try to do. Love this statement brother…great reminder of who has our back as we fight the battles on this earth. Your post shows the divine love of God for his creation and He loves being involved in the details of what goes on here on earth. The Christmas story is a perfect example of His love for details that make up the biggest canvas picture that we are painted into also. I think about how some tribes draw simple pictures to tell the story of their life and how exciting it is to tell them of the master painter who has their story drawn in the blood of Christ. Merry Christmas.
    Betty Draper recently posted..SelfieMy Profile

    • Great thoughts, Betty. I’m so in awe of Him and how He loves, how He moves in our lives and in history. If God is for us who can be against us? We have an eternal hope! Thank you, Betty.

  4. I’ve been thinking about Mary and Joseph in new ways this Christmas. I’m in awe of them.
    I think of Mary giving birth to the Savior, God’s son, in a smelly barn! Stale hay, manure, loud animals…seems very messy and gross. Yet that is where God chose to have Jesus be born.
    God could have waited till after the census (no not allowed the census at all) but God’s ways are higher.

    I’ve also been pondering Mary and Josephs parents. What did they think about Mary being pregnant? They aren’t mentioned in the Bible but they must have had great faith as well.
    So important to teach our kids, by example, God’s ways.

    • You bring up great points. The story is always bigger than one or two people and this one obviously has multiple layers that would seem so crazy! Thanks for the thoughts, TC!

  5. I am so thankful that God works beyond our intellectual wisdom because I am increasingly aware of the limits of my intellect and/or wisdom. He takes me into situations well beyond my abilities, so I’ll learn to trust His infinite intellect and wisdom. I have followed some crazy ideas over the years (from the world, from my own warped mind, from a combination of the two), and find myself thankful that He brought me off those wrong paths and onto His right way of thinking. Great post!
    Kari Scare recently posted..Devoted Conversations – Peace In the ChaosMy Profile

    • Great point, Kari! Crazy is not exclusive to the Kingdom. It’s just that in the Kingdom, crazy goes somewhere and advances His purposes. I want to stick with Him for sure. Thanks Kari.

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