Wow – what a difference between Old and New Testament readings today! We go from the whining and complaining of God’s chosen people and his wrath against them, to pure love and forgiveness. And it really comes down to one simple thing.
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:23-24
It is this simple truth – belief – that makes me so confident in my faith. I often wonder why God didn’t do it sooner. Why did he make his chosen people wander in the desert? Why didn’t he simply give them the “promised land” straight away? I think the answer lies in the human condition. He made us with free will. If we believe, we are saved. If not, we are not saved. He certainly has the power to force his will on us, but that is not his nature. If someone truly wants an existence without God, God says, “So be it!” I guess I’ll never understand why someone would want that? Oh well – the mysteries of faith.
Great God, I am so grateful to you that you allow me to live in you and that you live in me. On the one hand I see the simplicity of it, yet on the other hand it remains a mystery. But, that’s what is so amazing and wonderful. I know I don’t have to worry. I am saved becuase I believe. Thank you! AMEN