Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Is there a God or is there no God everyone WILL decide!
Had a rather frank and to the point conversation about God a couple of nights ago. The conversation revolved around the question, “If God is a loving God why did He kill people, why does He allow innocent people suffer?” The question centered on the flood Noah was permitted to ride out, and why there is so much tragedy of our time. That’s wasn’t the first time I was asked that question, the first time I was asked the same question I was the one asking it. And one thing for sure there has been a whole lot of people a great deal smarter than I am have tried to answer it.
While I may be wrong I think there are a whole lot of people asking the same question including some who are afraid to vocalize their question. And perhaps as many or more who wonder about God who doesn’t bother to ask. When I am asked I usually start out by saying there is no real answer that will satisfy everyone because no one can fully understand God. What I really want to say goes something like this, “Why don’t you ask God He can speak for himself a lot better than I can speak for Him?” And really that’s what it boils down to, God and the questioner working it out between themselves. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t want our help.
The conversation began with the question above but before it ended the question took a turn and a detour, “I need proof the God I believe in is a loving God.” I know there are a lot of people trying to prove there is a God and some say they have the proof but having the proof and getting someone to believe it is something else. I can’t prove there is a God, and I don’t think anyone can. Even the bible doesn’t prove there is a God it starts out, “In the beginning God created…” Yet the bible does in many places offer circumstantial evidence there is a God.
I believe THE most important questions about life we humans NEED to answer is whether or not we believe in God and the second part of that question is what kind of a God we believe in. I also believe even those of us to who do believe also find ourselves questioning God.
In case you’re wondering how the conversation turned out did the questioner get the answer he was looking for? I don’t really know but what I do know he does believe in God and like most of us his question wasn’t really about whether there was a God or not but what kind of a God He believes in.
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, NLT