Read Matthew 17:24-27.I love the unexpectedness of Christ. Christianity in itself is an upside-down version of the world. But Jesus Himself takes it even a step further. If we ever think we have God figured out - His thoughts and His ways, we have reached way too low. Talk about an out-of-the-box thinker. His creativity is so exciting. Walking in faith, trusting Him to meet needs, is an exciting adventure. When those men were being raised as good Hebrew boys learning the law, did they ever anticipate that the Messiah would tell them to go out and get the tax money from the mouth of a fish? And what does this passage say about Peter? He actually went out and looked in the mouth of a fish. What faith.
"Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin." NIV
Lord, I want fish-mouth faith. Whatever you tell me to do -- no matter how far outside the box it is -- I want to go straight ahead without hesitation. You have always been faithful to me; I'll always be faithful to You.
- In the Old Testament, who were the out-of-the-box thinkers and how? What can we learn from their faith living?
- Has God ever told you to do something that seemed really odd at the time but later proved to be exactly what needed to be done? If so, what did you learn about God through that experience? What did you learn about yourself? Are you still walking with a faith to take those kind of steps again? If no, why not?