Why Do I Believe?

He still believed in God, but the idea of church and religion didn’t really grab him.

Psalm 76:1-12

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?

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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.

3 comments:

AdrianSeptember 16, 2011 at 7:43 AMReply

I’ve experienced some hard tests. Sometimes we keep failing a test so God brings it up again. Thankfully he’s very patient, cause if it was me I would’ve given up by now.

lelly freemanSeptember 17, 2011 at 3:37 PMReply

I believe because I believe !!! Our Heavenly Father is so close to us we just have to stretch our Hand to hold His hand, to look for His face and see His face and with faith give him your self !!!I know in my life He is in control and again I believe because I believe !!! You just have to look around and see His miracles .Thank you for the TRUTH!!

Russell DrowleySeptember 18, 2011 at 9:14 AMReply

Amen. God in working everyday in our lives. Some call it coincidence, I believe it’s part of Gods amazing plan. So you could say I to have experienced too much of God not to believe. God one Linda.

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