Why Do I Believe?
He still believed in God, but the idea of church and religion didn’t really grab him.
Reference: v.5 The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I’ve recently been hearing a great deal about why people believe in God. It’s not that I am questioning my belief, it just seems to be coming up in conversations a lot lately. The most recent one was when my boss opened up in a meeting about a time in his life when he wasn’t being particularly active in his faith. He still believed in God, but the idea of church and religion didn’t really grab him. He had finally got to church one weekend and found himself talking to a non-believer that next week. When the guy he was talking to found out he went to church, he asked him why? My boss explained that while he hadn’t gone to church for a while he had “just experienced too much of God not to believe.” This seemed to make an impression on the guy my boss was talking to, but made even more of an impression on my boss when he realised the truth of his own statement.
Application: There are so many people in our society who don’t believe that sometimes it’s hard not to question our own faith. And yet I would have to agree with my boss, I have just experienced too much of God not to believe. Reading through the Bible certainly helps us to believe, as we are able to see other people’s experience of God – like the Psalmist’s experience of God’s power and faithfulness in Psalm 76. But it is so important for us to have our own experience, as that makes our faith really come to life.
Prayer: Lord, may our faith not waver away from You. Make yourself known to us today. Amen.
What have you experienced of God lately?