There have been several articles lately of one of the most respected theoretical physicists in the world coming to the conclusion based on his theory that God does exist!
Of course in response to this there is great debate back and forth from those who believe in God, those who vehemently deny there is a God and all those somewhere in between.
For those unwilling to consider believing I suppose they think their ridiculing quotes are quite humorous but to those who believe they are quite sad as we know the loss suffered in not believing. One such quote: “Religion is believing in the ramblings of some man from a thousand years ago who could have just been drunk and decided to write a book” P.B.
Whoever P.B. is it sounds as if they’ve never picked up a Bible or any book concerning the Bible. I come to that conclusion based on the line “some man….decided to write a book”
My point here is not to debate this but rather to reflect on and identify where we have seen the undeniable presence of God in our lives, share it, and encourage others to do the same. We can then when confronted, ridiculed, or questioned by unbelievers give them irrefutable example of God’s existence.
Even then there are those that will choose not to believe but the important possibility is that there will be one that can no longer choose to ignore the richness, the realness, the gifts we receive in acknowledging, believing in the existence of our Heavenly Father!
Some of these gifts include the peace that passes all understanding, comfort in the depths of our despair, confidence in knowing the fruits of our labor are not in vain even if we don’t always see the fruit and the most treasured of all, the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus gained only by accepting Him as our Savior
There is great promise in believing in our God!!!
Some say it is out of weakness we believe. That we cannot think for ourselves. They believe if you are intellectually superior (non-believing) you do not need a “make believe” man in the sky to guide you. That strength is being able to solely direct, rule, and govern oneself. While it may seem to work for them they’re missing something, all their rules and guidelines had to evolve from somewhere. The “rules of the universe” look a whole lot like God’s instructions in the Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, the Proverbs as well as other commands in the Bible.
True belief in God true reliance on Him…. the reason we not only survive but surpass the obstacles, conflicts, and trials we endure giving us a productive, meaningful, selfless life.
I don’t really know how unbelievers find that deep peace and comfort that only comes in having relationship with our Heavenly Father, in knowing He is in control no matter what the circumstances look like. Call me weak, it doesn’t offend me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 “That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in persecution,in difficulty. For it is when I am weak I am strong”. I would rather be considered weak in Christ than strong in the world!
Though I have many accounts great and small that attest to the existence of God in my life I would like to leave you with one from just a few years ago.
December 2012, I had traveled to Minnesota with two of my daughters for one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. My cousin was saying farewell to her son. It brings tears to my eyes as I think of the circumstance, as I think of her. The ultimate test of faith, a moment when some would stop believing. In her “weakness”, believing in a God atheists don’t see, I saw a greater strength than can be described. That was a testament to the God I love and choose to serve.
This was not the only testament that would reveal the profound existence of God on that trip.
As my daughters and I were making our way home we were caught in a freak blizzard in South Dakota. The weather was supposed to have cleared and by the amount of traffic I new the seasoned locals were caught by surprise as well. I am a South Texas girl….no blizzards, very little snow if you can even call it that! As we were driving down the highway it began to snow, which became a blizzard resulting in a total white out!!! Not fully grasping what this actually meant until I could see only white all around me…. to make it worse my daughters SUV was white, thankful for red taillights! My survival instincts took over immediately and after a desperate prayer I began to follow the barely visible red taillights and tire tracks in front of me but it got to where that was not working well. I couldn’t go on to the shoulder because it wasn’t visible. I couldn’t stop because there was a chance of being hit. At a turtle’s pace, I inched my way along until I could make out the median. I judged the width of that to calculate the probable width of the road and try and stay in what I assumed to be a lane that I prayed would eventually lead me to safety. My daughters were beginning to panic a bit and I could not blame them. The younger of the two asked if I could see the road. Not wanting to frighten her further I said YES! Somehow in making that small declaration, in believing God was with me, I actually received the ability to indeed see the road ahead though they couldn’t. We finally came to a clearing but traffic was at a standstill, a pileup was ahead. I pulled up a few car lengths behind the stopped traffic and within seconds felt the need to pull over towards the unseen shoulder without going off into the snowbank. Within a minute or so an eighteen wheeler came flying past where I had just been and veered off into the median. Another eighteen wheeler came squealing up behind us but veered as well leaving a couple of car lengths in front of it and to the side of us. We had nowhere to go.Then it happened, a man in a mini van driving too fast as well, unaware of the devastation in front of us and clipping as we found out later five vehicles before us as they tried to escape his path came shooting toward us. I looked in the mirror just at the instant his van veered into the driver’s side of the SUV sheering off the running board bouncing into the side of the vehicle and miraculously deflecting off landing in the small gap between the eighteen wheeler and us and into the back of another vehicle just ahead, miraculously no one was injured in all that. Had the van not deflected off our vehicle, the damage showed that where it was coming in I would have been crushed between it and the steering wheel of my vehicle. The crashing behind us finally stopped, my daughter jumped out of the vehicle, (panicked thinking we were on fire). I opened my door looking for feathers (really)! We were finally surrounded where we were safe from anyone else crashing in to us. We eventually were able to make it to the next town and the next phase of miracles in this story. (I hope I haven’t exhausted you).
As I watched the van come towards us not knowing what the outcome would be, that peace that passes all understanding came over me in a way I could never begin to explain. This is the power, this is the proof, this is the reality of who God is! I feel for those that reject that God is real. Not all of my prayers have been answered with the result I’ve wanted over the years. I’ve suffered loss and heartache,been through trials and still facing some but I trust in God still !!! I don’t know how one survives extreme experiences when the outcome is devastating or even when all ends well without Him.
My prayer is that someone who may think they have no reason to believe, that someone who may be on the fence about believing will hear my story, your stories, and then reflect on their life, on the lives around them and maybe just maybe see that the God they choose not to believe in, for whatever reason, is really there!
“….For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9