I’m a Christian woman who loves how God works His power in my life. His power manifests Itself daily in my life. It is hard to put into mere words just what the power of God actually is. As the Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it’s impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.” I have diligently sought the Lord and have found Him! Hallelujah! Even still, there are times when my natural mind doubts Him, such as when I read passages in the Bible that make no sense to my understanding. At those times I have been ready to give in to my doubt, then I’m reminded of Proverbs 3:5-7, which says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
Or to break it down in everyday language, the Message Bible puts it like this: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!”
I then say to myself–“Because a passage of Scripture is difficult for me to understand, does that mean that God doesn’t exist?” Then I’m also reminded of Psalm 19: 1-6. (Message Bible)
1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.
There is more in the universe to “prove” the existence of God than there are passages in the Bible that cause me to doubt. If I have “eyes to see, and ears to hear” what He is telling me.
Which brings me to the issue of the Atheists. On many of the blogs I’ve read, they seem to busy themselves trying to disprove God’s existence, based on the shortcomings of man. They find news of a Christian who has fallen into pornography; or a Christian who is stealing from the church he belongs; or a young teen who may not be eloquent enough to witness to someone about his or her belief in God. To these atheists, the various shortcomings of man prove that there is no God and that there cannot be a God. On a deeper level some of them feel that all the strife and misery in the world today is the deal breaker for there being a God. They surmise that if there was a God, then surely He wouldn’t allow death to happen, or war, or disease or hatred.
To all of my atheist blogger friends: we live in a fallen world! There is sin running rampant everywhere! Many people, Christian, Muslim, Buddhists, Atheists and otherwise, are falling into sin daily! This fact does not disprove God! Not any more than the world not having the microscope disprove the existence of bacteria and viruses and other microscopic living creatures! Not any more than the world not having the telescope disprove the existence of the planets!
God wants us to run to Him and seek solace from the world’s troubles in Him. He doesn’t take away the worlds troubles, but strenghtens us to deal with the issues of the world. He doesn’t take away death, because it’s a part of life in this worldly realm. He doesn’t take out the misery, He wants us to take it out! We have to be willing to DO what He has strengthened us to do! WE are God’s hands and feet! If there is misery, we should be doing what we can to alleviate it! If there is pain, He has called us, in His profound goodness, and trust, to go out and alleviate the pain and suffering of others! He won’t give us any more power than what we need to do what we choose to. If you have a heart for doing something, then God will supernaturally equip you. If your heart is for doing nothing, then you don’t need God’s supernatural power!
He has given us free will–the profound ability to make our own choices and live by them as well. He doesn’t force us to be good or bad. He has given us more than enough for us to be properly guided. His Word, His Holy Spirit, His only begotten Son—all for us. Now it’s up to us to listen to the advice he’s provided us. It’s for us to seek the Lord diligently and learn of Him. But most of us are like foolish petulant teens and tweens, with lips poked out beyond our faces, we turn our heads from what God has provided us and say a loud “NO” to our Holy Father!
My answer to this Epicurus poster: God is willing and able to overcome evil, and man is a part of the plan. God gave us Jesus who died for us. He didn’t leave man out of the equation, since man is the sinful one. Our part is to humble ourselves and come to Jesus who then washes us (in the spiritual realm) by taking away our propensities towards sin. The sin nature is still there, just made inactive for want of a better word. Epicurus’ simplistic understanding leaves sinful man out of the equation altogether. For Epicurus, man sins, but God does all the work? Then man is a simplistic robot, which is not what God made man to be. God did the part that He was more than willing and able to do, He provided Jesus at the opportune time through the history of time. God still leaves our free will intact by requiring us to CHOOSE to come to Christ, lest He takes away our free will by simply fixing sin all on His own! Even the great minds of time are made to be foolish by God!! 1 Corinthians 1:27 : But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
Our God, though does not take away our gifts because of our petulance. He gave us free will and we get to keep it. If we ignore Him and do things our own foolish way, then we must suffer the consequences of our choices. But when we make the foolish choices, what do we do? When we are suffering, we blame God for it!! No, it’s our own faults, not God’s!! We are simply deceived and confused and angry and arrogant!
God extends Himself to everyone! Even the atheist who has denies Him, IF that atheist rethinks his or her position, humbles himself or herself and asks with head hung low, in a feeble voice, out of the earshot of their atheist friends, “God, are You REALLY there??!”
(first published Aug 23, 2009)