Noticing God in our lives does not have to be a lightning bolt moment every time.
Reference: v.16 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Whilst sharing a devotional time with my colleagues at work the other day, we got on to the topic of how one could prove that God is real. We knew of a number of books that looked into this question scientifically, historically and analytically. These methods of exploration are very helpful for some people and a great assistance when speaking to others who may not believe. However I said that for my own faith, reading about God's existence was not going to make me believe in Him. The reason I believe in God is because I have experienced Him for myself in my own life. Another colleague agreed saying that whenever he looked at creation and noticed how well it was all formed, he could not deny that there was a higher power at work. Reading a book was helpful but a real faith decision is made when we experience God for ourselves.
Application: Noticing God in our lives does not have to be a lightning bolt moment every time. Some people wait for God to reveal Himself through some kind of grand performance until they are willing to really believe. However, we can experience God in our lives through the small things as well as the large. I find sometimes when I am thinking through a specific topic I will suddenly have some clarity of thought or a great idea comes to me from left field. For me, that is God revealing Himself to me. The other day I saw a bird feeding a smaller bird with something that it had caught. As I observed this generosity in nature I saw the generous character of the Creator. As I was listening to the radio last week there was a song playing that spoke of people experiencing difficult times and I was encouraged to keep going in my own life. To me that is another way that God is spurring me on throughout my week. No lightning bolt, no booming voice from heaven; just God revealing Himself to me in many different ways. And that's why I believe.
Prayer: Lord, there are always times when we struggle with our faith. The people of Judah must have really struggled to believe in You when they were taken off to exile. But You remained steadfast in Your power and might. May we trust in You more and more each day. Amen.
Why do you believe in God? How do you experience His existence?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.