To conquer a mighty walled city … march around it for seven days in a row. To defeat a vast army, take only 300 men armed with trumpets and jug-covered torches. When going into battle, put the singers on the front lines.

Following the directions of God, the ancient people of Israel implemented these unusual battle tactics and emerged victorious over their enemies.

Need a few more examples? Tell the important foreign dignitary with leprosy to take a bath in the muddy river. Spit in the dirt and put the resulting mud on a blind man’s eyes. Appoint the King of Kings to be born in a lowly stable. Conquer death … by dying. Teach others that whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all.

God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. (Isa. 55:8-9) He uses the foolish things in this world to shame the wise. (1 Cor. 1:27) We’ll never understand Him. And I think sometimes He asks us to do seemingly-foolish things just to see if we’ll obey.

It’s all about trusting that God knows what’s best. Because sometimes upside down is really right-side up.

What about you? Have you ever been confused by God’s plan? Why or why not? Can you think of any more examples of when upside down was right-side up?

When Upside Down is Right-side Up
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