Sunday Reflection: Believing
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (Author of The Chronicles of Narnia)
I’ve often said that it would be easier if God would write messages to me, um—across my computer screen. First of all, I would understand better, since I'm a visual learner. Secondly, this would confirm, in writing, what I know to be true, there is a God! He is in charge! And I am not.
This week I read an article that spoke to the vulnerability of cyber-attacks on our lives. One hack and our world could go dark. One dead battery or downed tower and we are cut off from communication. And yet, we put our trust in companies without a face, social networks to share all things personal and communication through various forms, except person to person.
How do we know that our personal information is safe online, that strangers won’t rob our homes once we've announced our absence on social sites or that the person who emails you they are interested in something you have for sale isn’t the next Ted Bundy?
We don’t know. We show our measure of faith in a “device” and hope all will be good in the end.
Trusting God takes a measure of faith, on our part, where we hope for something we cannot see, then believe that God is who He says He is (Hebrews11:1), with timing and reasons bigger than we are (Isaiah 55:8-9).
“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony.
Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." 1 John 5:9-23 (NIV)
If you are interested, here is a short reading on believing in a God who allows suffering. It’s not going to answer all questions, but there is insight to the article. Discovery Series article: 10 Reasons to Believe in a God Who Allows Suffering.