“I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place…” (Psalm 8:3)
Those who are critical of people of faith, return time and again to a common theme… “We have reason, you have faith – and our reason has concluded that your faith is nothing more than make-believe. Things just like the easter bunny or the tooth fairy – fine for children, but real grown-ups have moved beyond such childish things…”
My response is that faith in God is eminently reasonable. And we, as Christians, should not only know what we believe but why. There are good reasons for faith!
We need to be constantly reminded that for all their bold and “intelligent” talk, they don’t have any real proof to validate their “non-faith” in God.
People who reject faith in God have only faith in themselves – and in their ability to figure things out. But, the human mind is so limited. They cannot know all things. It is unreasonable to say, or hint, that they do. In the end, their rejection of faith is also faith-based! It seems to me that the whole point is: which is a better faith?!
That is why our faith begins with a belief in One Who does know all things. We don’t have to know everything when we know Someone Who does!
For those who don’t believe, this is a foreign concept. They openly wonder: “Why have faith in an all-powerful being that gives no evidence of his existence?”
For us who believe, THAT is a foreign concept! We merely look around us and marvel at the beauty and complexity of creation. The magnitude of the rolling ocean. The majesty of a mountain range. The glorious painting of the sky at sunset. The wonder of the constellations in the night sky. And we can’t help but think of One Who could do all this.
The Bible tells us that this is exactly what we were hardwired to do. God put within us the ability to “see” Him in the glory of creation all around us. We read: “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So men have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20) And the Psalmist announces: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
The Bible declares that the evidence of God’s existence is all around us… IF we are willing to see it.
But that is the problem for those who choose not to believe. They do not see what is so obvious to the rest of us. They unwittingly affirm another verse of Scripture: “The god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe.” (2Cor. 4:4)
Sometimes the most difficult thing to see is what is right in front of you.
Prayer Focus: God, thank You for showing Yourself in the wonders of this creation… Help me to appreciate Your Presence in all I do.