People are looking for God, looking for answers, looking for hope, but
what if this God thing is all a big hoax?
So many vitriolic atheists spew there is no GOD ... could they be right?
Maybe the notion of God is simply born of wishful thinking . . .
How do we know? Can the truth be known? What difference would it make?
Let me stop right here and ask you: How do you know that God is real?
When you are in a conversation with someone and she asks why you believe in God, what is your answer? You believe there is a God, but can you reasonably explain your belief? Do you know enough to argue the truth of God? The basis of truth is not our knowledge of, or belief in, it—truth is truth because it is an objective reality.
Without consulting anyone else’s thoughts on the matter, I did some thinking first—why do I believe there is a God? Is it just because I was raised to believe in him? Or is he really there? Hmmm . . . well, something is the source of the life I see around me …
Growing up in California, I always lived near the Pacific Ocean. O, how I recall driving or skating along the Pacific Coast Highway, taking in the beauty of the Western sky. When the sun dips into the ocean, languid in rich oranges and bright pinks, it shouts to me of a Creator who has a magnificent paintbrush in his hand! In the Carolinas, we have these ever-changing skies--first an azure blue, then the wind brings clouds, massive green trees sway - and I am aware of the power and majesty of the Creator. When I walk my little dogs at night, and look up at stars too numerous to count, and observe the changes in the moon … again, I am mindful of the immensity of that Creator’s work.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”1 Thank you, David, for eloquently capturing what I see in the skies! Lest I think I am the only one, David also reminds me that these same wonders are viewed all across the earth; indeed, no culture, no ethnic group, no matter how remote
is without knowledge of the work of the Creator.
Have you skied or snowboarded the Rockies--Aspen or Park City? 'Hiked the Wasatch in rugged Utah, taking in waterfalls and animals unique to the area? Awesome, massive, expansive. Ohhhhh.... Up close, when I cut a fuchsia-colored rose and look closely at it, I marvel at how very creative God is, and so detail oriented! 'Amazing that he creates beauty and cares enough to make flowers not just pretty, but fragrant too, purely for our enjoyment. What kind of God is this? OH, and lest I forget, the greatest miracle of all—having the privilege of bearing four babies . . . and watching them grow to be adults … well, Someone set LIFE into motion! The psalmist explained God’s role in that too:
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”2
Indeed Paul tells us that Creation makes it clear to people there is a God.
“what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,
in the things that have been made...”3
Having surveyed many people about why they believe in God, many began by saying and gesturing, ‘Just look around you.’
One time I was having blood drawn, (makes me smile as I remember the conversation), and asked a wild-looking redheaded, Harley-riding Hippy phlebotomist if she believed in God. She said, ‘yeah man—especially since doing this job. I see it in the life of people, in their desire to live, and the body’s ability to heal itself…I know there’s a God because I see him in life every day.’ Who could argue with that?
I think “Red” was right. I know there is a God because he shows himself every day in life around me. Yes, I believe God exists.
Sometimes in pursuing an understanding of God
and what it could be to have a relationship with him,
we need to start with what we know to be true right now
and act on that truth.
So, God, thank you for being the very source of all life, of all living things. Thank you that because you are the ultimate Creator, we too are meant to create. Yeah, that's good...thank you, God, because I believe that. And in so believing that, I can become a little more like you."
Listen to "Only a Holy God", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HSdeeCm8_g
1) Psalm 19.1-43
2) Psalm 139.13-16
3) Romans 1.19-20a