You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived. You seized me and prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the time; everyone ridicules me.” Jeremiah 20:7 (HCSB)

Some say that God does not trick anyone, after all, He is truth, there is no lies or deception in Him at all. After all, In Numbers 23:19, Moses told us God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?”

Yet Jeremiah declared that the Lord deceived him, or as some translations say, tricked him. Check out this translation… “You tricked me, LORD, and I was really fooled. You are stronger than I am, and You have defeated me. People never stop sneering and insulting me” (Jeremiah 20:7 – CEV).

Undoubtedly the devil was tricked when he had Jesus put to death on the cross. Paul writes, None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8 – ESV). God’s ways and thoughts are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) so sometimes He may ask us to do something that boggles our mind.

All this to say is God sometimes does things that we may not understand, that might even offend us, but we are called upon to trust and obey. Solomon wrote that we are not to discern based on our understanding, but to trust the Lord with all our heart. When we do, He will bless us and make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). There is hidden wisdom that God veils from us when He asks us to do something that we don’t understand. And there is much blessing that flows when we do!

I was tricked, though looking back I can totally see God used it. Several decades ago, the Lord led us to move to the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Our mandate was to stir day and night worshipful prayer. After about five years we had to close it down. In so many ways I felt like a failure, after all God had clearly led us there to establish the house of prayer. But next He had us start a church, which I pastored for almost five years. Let me just say, I am not a pastor, and I know it. I am more apostolic and prophetic than pastoral. But it was so clear that He was leading us into this church plant. Did I say, I am not a pastor? Well, God tricked me to step into this role that I wasn’t gifted for! Nevertheless, those years as a church planter/senior pastor allowed me to carry the mantle of a pastor. It is a heavy weight and unless you actually get to wear this mantle you will not understand the heaviness of it. But because I was given this assignment, even though I am not a pastor (have I already said that?), God has used this to grant me credibility and authority to work with Senior Pastors, especially as we have ministered here in Athens, GA!

It is said that God will often offend our minds to reveal our hearts! God is good. He is always good, and everything He does is good. In fact, He is absolutely good!

Declare to the Lord that you will trust Him with all your heart and not on your own understanding. Declare that His character and ways are good, and that wherever He leads and whatever He says to do is good, even if it doesn’t make sense in the moment! Determine in your heart to trust and obey the Lord no matter what, and if your mind is offended, thank the Lord for exposing that in you.