God, Are You Real?

I dare you to ask the question, and then see what He “says.”

If you’re a believer, a disciple of Jesus Christ, a Christian, you automatically answer the question in your own head – “Yes, of course He is real!  I believe that He is!”

Yes, believing (a.k.a. having faith) is what Hebrews 11:1 describes – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith is the necessary starting point of the Christian life.  However, as I’ve asked the question within my own heart this past week, I’ve been challenged to rephrase my own head’s response – “Yes, but do I know that He is real?  Do I live each day like He is real?”

If you’re not a believer, have never really heard about Jesus, or you’ve experienced negativity around Christianity, I still dare you to ask the question – “God, are You real?”  Why ask?  Because He is faithful to respond.

God sometimes answers very quietly and simply.  As we turn our heads to look up from our circumstances, our priorities, our busy schedules, and our daily distractions, we may just find that the God of all creation has left His mark all over the earth and skies, down to the tiny cells that make up our human frame.

Psalm 19:1-2 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”

Perhaps the better question is not whether or not God is real; rather, if God is real, what does that mean to and for me?  What does that mean for the bigger picture beyond my own life?  I sometimes find myself, in my human weakness, not speaking/praying to God because I don’t want to respond to the truth (a.k.a. let go of my own agenda).  Sometimes, we fool ourselves into thinking that it is easier to deny His existence and presence rather than live with the reality that we are not gods.  But at the end of the day, it is proven to be utter foolishness.

Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

God speaks in many ways – both in creation and to the human heart.  He places a “God-sized” longing within us that can only be fulfilled in the knowledge of Him and in relationship with Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

There are several other ways that God reveals Himself – through miracles, the principle of morality, etc.  However, the questions still remain for us to wrestle with on a daily basis – Is He real?  How then will I respond and live in a way that aligns with that truth?

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