The are some people who can throw a disc golf disc and harness some sort of miraculous Frisbee powers to make it curve and glide in such a way that if it wasn’t the laws of physics that provide the only explanation, I would say it defies the laws of physics. I am not one of these people. (That, or my discs have not been imbued with magical properties that others have.)
There is no way it has anything to do with technique or practice or experience…
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This is what I feel like I do when I go disc golfing with only my pride and determination, and expect to play significantly better than I did the last time I went. However, while this strategy does not and will not work in disc golf, there may be something to it. Insanity just might work sometimes! In Exodus 4, God speaks to Moses from a burning bush, and in the lengthy process of convincing Moses to go free Israel, God tells Moses to put his hand in his cloak and take it back out. When he does, he has the unpleasant realization that his hand has instantaneously contracted leprosy. But what comes next might have been equally shocking: God tells him to do it again.
Logic says that his hand would be twice as bad. Reason says that the leprosy will spread. Moses would be insane to try it again.
But he did. And when he pulled it out the second time, it was healed.
A similar thing happened in 2 Samuel 5. In less than ten verses, the Philistines attack Israel twice. The first time, David asks the Lord what their strategy should be, and God tells him to go up against them. They win, of course, but the Philistines were a persistent bunch, and upon their return, David asks God what to do again. Why? It’s the same enemy. It’s the same army. It seems kind of insane to expect a different answer. But a different answer comes, and Israel finds victory in obedience.
Faith often works in direct opposition to human reasoning. “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them” (1 Cor. 2:14). But faith isn’t a guessing game out a spiritual slot machine, and it’s not insane. Faith is built on intimacy, not insanity. It operates not by the laws of physics, but by the laws of the Kingdom of God. And as Jesus said, “Those who love me will obey my commands.” The “science” of faith is found in the context of a relationship with Jesus, and devotion never operates from assumption. That means that just because things happened one way before doesn’t mean they will always happen that way. The consistency is not in the circumstance, but in communion with Christ. And it’s there that you find that though faith may look insane from the outside, it’s actually something you can count on, because Jesus is always faithful.