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“For we live by believing, not by seeing.”
—2 Corinthians 5:7, NLT
We stopped trying to live the perfect life.
Would we become real?
We stopped pretending we had it all together.
Would we fall apart, or would we finally recognize our need for help?
We saw the Ten Commandments as a gift from a loving Father trying to teach us how to live non-destructive lives.
Would we follow more of them?
We really believed God cared about us more than any earthly being could.
Would we finally trust and believe?
We could actually say, “I’m a sinner, Lord; forgive me.”
Would we finally set down that bag of garbage we’ve been carrying around all these years?
Would we stop struggling and find rest and peace?
We gave our “hearts” to God instead of our good intentions and good works?
Would we be able to let go of our fake facades and be transformed?
We accepted God’s forgiveness.
Would we find peace?
We forgave ourselves.
Would we be more forgiving of others?
We actually loved ourselves because God loves us?”
Would we be able to love others more?
We saw service as a joy instead of a duty.
Would those we serve see the love and compassion of a God who loves them too?
We came and sat with God every day: talking – listening – being still?
Would we hear His quiet but strong voice?
Instead of asking “Why, why, why? – Why did this happen?… Why did God allow this?… Why did I screw up again?… Why can’t I ever get anything right?… Why, why, why?” We simply said, “I don’t know why, and I don’t care. I just know God loves me – period. He said it; I believe it.”
If He has the power to create this entire universe, this world, all the laws of science that maintain it, and you and me, then do I really need to know all the whys?
There was no God?
It would be the day I died, and life no longer had meaning. The universe would no longer reflect light. The earth would stop rotating and on that day I would be joyless, lifeless. There would be no love – no laws – no protection – no joy – nothing! The earth would be full of nothing. It would consist only of facades, distorted mirrors, and no way to get out of the endless cycle of lies, deceit, and greed. Everyone would be left with a life that had no meaning, rotating around and around on a merry-go-round that never stopped, and we would experience hopelessness and despair.
No God? Impossible!
Lord, help me to believe when I struggle, to have faith when everything seems to be going wrong and to know that You are always there for us.