Nik Ripken’s The Insanity of God shares true stories from people all over the world who obeyed God despite insane consequences.
Perhaps it will surprise you—as it did me—to see God working in unexpected ways in ordinary people’s lives. Why does it surprise us to see the “upside-down logic”—the kingdom advancing as the persecution increases?
I loved Dmitri’s story.
Because the closest church was a 3-day walk, he began a weekly time of reading and teaching the Bible to his wife and 2 sons. As neighbors took note, they asked to join in. When the group grew to 25, local party officials paid a visit and accused Dmitri of beginning an illegal church. They warned that continuing would bring bad things.
As the group grew to 50, 75, and eventually 150, so did the consequences for Dmitri and his family. His wife lost her teaching job, his boys were expelled from school, and he was physically beaten. Eventually he was imprisoned for 17 years—all for the insanity of reading and teaching God’s Word.
Obedience to God brought economic, physical, and emotional consequences for not only Dmitri but also his family.
Are you and I willing to suffer to advance the kingdom? Are we courageous enough to ask for an insane assignment? Let’s ask God to surprise us and show us!
Laura Macfarlan speaks, writes, and teaches from northwest Arkansas, where she directs Heart Life women’s ministry at First Baptist Church, Siloam Springs. Connect with her at CrossMyHeartMinistry.com.