When some people say "I don't believe in God," they mean they don't believe God exists. But when you talk it through, that's not really what they mean.
Not believing in God doesn't change the fact that He is real. The evidence is all around us in every detail of this incredible world we live in. Deep inside, we all know it's true. God has to be real. All this can't be an accident. None of us wants to believe our life is a meaningless accident. When you talk it through, most people say "I don't believe in God" because they feel He has let them down. Maybe they are angry that He allowed something bad to happen to them or someone they love.
What they mean is "I can't believe something like that would happen if there was a God" or "I don't trust Him any more."
Not believing in God is the worst mistake anyone can make. It's sad when people turn their backs on God in a terrible situation, because they miss out on the most wonderful thing in life: feeling God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and peace in spite of the horrible thing that is happening.
The Bible talks about God as "the Father of mercies and God of all comfort ... who comforts us in our affliction" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). God promises "I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow" (Jeremiah 31:13).
Deep inside, you know God is real. Everyone does. And the truth is that He loves you more than you can imagine. When you can't believe in anyone else -- not even yourself -- you can still believe in God.
The truth is, He believes in you. He knows your hopes and your hurts. He knows what you can become with His help. When you turn to Him, you can trust Him to be there for you. He promised: "I will not fail you or forsake you" (Joshua 1:5). Who else could keep a promise like that
Mon, February 22, 2010
by D. James Kinnaird