Believing Builds Believing

“I just don’t believe there could be one, all-powerful being,” David said.

“So you would like proof, first, before you would choose to believe in God,” I replied.

“Yes!”

“God asks us to believe in him by faith,” I said.

“I need proof.”

“Okay.  Let’s say God will, because of how much he loves you, let you have proof first.  What would it take?  What would you need to see, or witness, in order to believe in God?” I asked.

As David sat in his office chair, he was visibly considering my question.  After ten minutes, he turned, looked at me, and said, “I don’t know.  I don’t know what would be enough.”

God_you thereA somber event took place in front of me.  The reality is this; for a man, using his own reasoning, which is limited, nothing could satisfy him.  No proof would be enough.  Everything God might do, or has done, to prove his own existence, some men would reason it away, and have.  It’s as if they try to make God conform to their rules of existence, and that’s just not going to happen.

Another reality is this; God does exist.  I have met him.  I have talked to him, and he has answered me.  I have seen his work, in creation, in the most intricate details of nature, and in the life of a man.  Only God, can take the vilest of men, and change him forever.  One example is Saul.  He saw Jesus.  Saul had a life changing encounter with Jesus, and he went from wanting to kill those who believed in God, to preaching to those that didn’t.

All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem. He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. (Act 9:1-5 MSG)

If you want to see God the Father, then study the life of Christ.  For Jesus himself said, “To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?” (Joh 14:9 MSG)

(Note: The person’s name, in this real story, was changed.)

Copyright © 2018 Mark Brady, All rights reserved

Finding Your Way

Finding Your WayYou run to work.  You run home.  You run to gatherings.  You run to family events.  You are always running, somewhere, but do you ever feel …”lost”?  Do you ever ask yourself, is there more?

I have recently “unplugged” from life feeling perhaps I wasn’t on the right road.  I’m one who usually is very confident about where I am going.  So much so I tell my GPS where to go, but yet I was feeling like I needed to for a few days, (94 Days) a season, pull over, and yes ask for directions.  I was in need of finding my way.  Perhaps re-calculating.

The best source I have found for asking directions when it comes to life is God.  God hasn’t showed up yet to give me my destination, but He has made it very clear I was right by pulling over.  I was reading from the book of Psalms last week from “The Message”, and I could identify with the writer.  I looked and it was chapter 94.  I was at my writer’s conference two weeks ago and I liked what one of the speakers read from her book, so I bought it.  It turns out to be, “Finding Your Way” by Jane Rubietta.  The short daily devotionals have been amazing.  Then this very morning, again reading from “The Message” Psalms 101 I read this:

Psa 101:2  I’m finding my way down the road of right living, but how long before you show up?

God is truly amazing.  If you are feeling uneasy, perhaps lost, pull over.  Ask for directions, but be sure to seek those directions from God, and not some other place where anyone can tell you where to go who doesn’t really know you.  God knows you.  He knows where He desires you to be.  He created all of us for more.  More to life.  More of Him.  You will find God, in finding your way.