My friend, may I ask you a question? How do we believe in a God who created everything from nothing? A God who hears every prayer and answer each one without fail? How do you believe in something like that? At best isn’t this a blurred vision of reality?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I have two pairs of glasses. I have a pair to drive and and basically see my surroundings; glasses I’ve had in one form or another since elementary school. These are trifocal lenses, that give me the ability to see things at three different focuses. To see my computer screen with my trifocals, however, required tipping my head backward and looking through the bottom of the lens. This was very hard and awkward. So I had a second pair of glasses designed several years ago with a mono-focus lens. This morning as I left the house for work I forgot to switch glasses and drove away with my computer glasses on and my trifocal pair sitting on my desk. At first I didn’t notice the error. However, as I drove down the highway I gradually became aware of the fact that I wasn’t able to read road signs. Everything was a blur. Without my regular glasses there was no sense in trying to read anything until you were right on top of it and by then too late.
Since I didn’t have the right glasses on nothing seemed real to me as I drove. The blurriness created a state of in-between that simply lacked perception and depth. In many ways belief in God is similar. God, as a concept, lacks realness; he’s so supernatural. Unless seen through the eyes of faith in Christ, God is a blur and a very difficult idea to wrap your arms around.
Oswald Chambers writes. “Turning intellectual faith into our personal possession is always a fight, not just sometimes. God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9) we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless. Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ..” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 30)
Hebrews 11:6 states: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” How do we believe in something so fantastic that it literally exists beyond our senses? A God who created everything from nothing? A God who hears every prayer and answers each one without fail? How do you believe in something like that? The answer? We can’t. Common sense tells us that none of this makes any sense. That’s why Jesus had to be a man, someone who could be touched, who ate, who bled, and who died. We connect with that. It’s like putting on the right pair of glasses. Jesus makes God real. Without Jesus God is just a blurred vision we can’t see until we run into him and it’s too late to do anything about it.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a faith that believes in a God so fantastic that only a faithful believer could believe. And, thank you for a Savior who made all of this so believable. Forgive us Lord when we try to reason your existence merely through logic or some other evidence and fall short of understanding how awesome you are. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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