Friday, 30 August 2013

What DoYou Believe

The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.  R.C. Sproul

I love this quote from R.C. Sproul for many people profess to be Christians but when questioned about their faith it is at an intellectual level, not at the gut level.  In other words they believe in God and what they have read about God, specifically in Scripture but their head knowledge has not been translated into everyday living.  Their intellectual assent doesn’t provide comfort and peace during troubling times, it doesn’t normally effect how they relate to people, and it does not alter behaviors that are undesirable.
I’m also bothered by the phrase “the God we believe in.”  A dear friend of mine loves to ask people “how big is your God?” and regardless what they say his response is “He’s bigger than that!”  To some degree, knowingly or unknowingly, we all put God in a box.  Things like visions, healing miracles, and other supernatural phenomena are common place in many undeveloped countries.  For most in the U.S. we are too learned and sophisticated to accept that the God of the universe actually communicates with His people in such ways.  Is that right?
We do ourselves a disservice and more importantly we do God a disservice when we put Him in a box.  Our finite little minds can’t begin to comprehend His magnificence. By now you may be thinking “this is a marriage blog, how about connecting the dots.”
Some of you who profess to be Christians are struggling in your marriage.  You have a feeling of hopelessness.  You are resigned to the fact that things will never change and you know God doesn’t approve of divorce.  You are in the proverbial catch 22.  Whether you are in a difficult marriage, distraught over your children, or you are experiencing some serious physical or emotional issues the God in whom you profess to believe can provide you with the strength and wisdom you need to contend with whatever is facing you. He can rescue you from the depths of hopelessness.

Ask God what He would have you do, how He wants you to respond to life’s challenges, and/or what lessons He would have you learn.  BUT when you ask you must believe that He will answer you.  He probably won’t tweet you or post something on your Face Book, though He might use someone to do so.  That is the God that I want to believe in, the God who gave up the Son that He loved beyond anything we could understand in order to rescue us.  He will use your pain and suffering to make you stronger, to use your experiences to spread His incredible good news.  He can redeem your marriage, heal your illness and reclaim your children at least that is true of the God in whom I believe.

 

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