I heard something on the radio the other day and I remember purposefully storing it in my brain to mull over, pull out, examine. The preacher said “Christianity isn’t true because it works. Christianity works because it is true.” As an engineer, I smile at that. How often has science changed its tune time and time again throughout history as some new discovery is made, or some new experiment shows anecdotal evidence of something being true, only to be refuted months, years, or decades later? We can be so led astray by things that SEEM to be true. I think it’s good for all of us to get shaken about once in awhile and realize that something we were CERTAIN to be true really isn’t. It helps us from being too arrogant, as arrogance is of no use to God.
But what about my faith in God and Jesus as my savior? Is it possible that it gets shaken about from time to time? I wish I could say no. While I truly believe that deep deep down where often only God can see, that faith stands strong. But on the outside? Well…. not so much. If I’m honest I sometimes just don’t feel like Christianity works so well. But God is faithful, and He usually shows up pretty quick to reassure me. And every time that happens my faith gets stronger.
I should start a list somewhere of things I want to ask God when I see him face to face. If I did, I think every other entry would be a derivative of this “God, why did you do it this way??? Why did you allow sin to enter the perfect world you created? Why do you still allow it to run wild in this world, causing pain and sorrow for us? Not just because of other people’s sins that affect us, but our own?” Until then, I find strength to move on, always searching, trying my best to understand what I’m supposed to be doing. Lord, as the psalmist cried, “give me understanding that I may live!”.
True knowledge will help me escape the trap of the devil….
2 Timothy 2:
25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
He wants to lead me to green pastures….
16 The Israelites are stubborn,
like a stubborn heifer.
How then can the LORD pasture them
like lambs in a meadow?
Lord, give me understanding, that I may live!
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands are my delight.
144 Your statutes are forever right;
give me understanding that I may live.