God Works in Unexpected Ways

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Take a moment to think about the prayers you have prayed over the past two or three days. What were those prayers like?

For some of us, we may need to confess that we’ve prayed to God as if He’s our personal assistant. We spend more time praying that God would see our will be accomplished instead of praying that His will be done. For example: 

  • God, please heal so-and-so of this disease.
  • God, please help me to do well on this test. 
  • God, if you will just get me out of this, I promise…

Praying for healing, wisdom, discernment, and even help isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, it’s important that we see God as He really is, and not as the god we may create in our minds. To see God as He really is is to recognize that He won’t always work in the ways we expect Him.

The story of Rahab is yet another example of how God works in unexpected ways. It teaches us that living like Jesus is to recognize that God regularly works in unexpected ways. It’s recognizing that He will see His purposes fulfilled, and He may fulfill them in ways we wouldn’t expect or anticipate. 


     JOSHUA 2:14-24 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Have you seen God work in an unexpected way in the previous day? Week? Month? What was so unexpected about it? 

QUESTION: What did you learn about God through this experience? What did you learn about yourself? 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for working in me, through me, and around me in such unexpected ways. Today, may I be in tune to Your Spirit, recognizing that You are constantly working around me to fulfill Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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