Lesson #3 – How We Know There Is A God?

Scholars who have investigated the lives of people the world over and through many centuries have discovered that everywhere they go, the people there have some form of worship of a divine being. In many places their worship is of trees, animals, and objects they have made themselves which Christians know as “idols.” Such worship sometimes involves bowing down to the stars, the constellations and other heavenly bodies.

The Bible not only condemns such practices but solemnly warns that these man-made gods can never satisfy the yearnings and needs of the human heart. And, nearly every person realizes that he or she has the inner feeling that life is more than what we have within ourselves. One wise Christian leader, years ago, once said it this way: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in every human heart.”

Oddly enough, the Bible never explains any idea of “God.” The starting point is simply this: The Bible begins by assuming everyone who reads it understands that there is a God. That is, it begins building upon the assumption that everyone who reads the Bible believes in God. Again and again the Bible refers to this assumption as “faith.” One verse in the New Testament even warns that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

The really exciting thing about exercising faith in God is that the more one trusts God and His word, the more the assurance of God and His truth will become clear and all the more we will realize how important faith is. Vast numbers of believers over the centuries have given abundant witness to the fact that trusting God in faith is very rewarding in itself.

Now open your Bible to the first verse in the first Old Testament book, “Genesis.” What are the first four words? That’s right: “In the beginning God…”. The assumption the Bible makes is clearly this: “Take God’s existence at face value and move ahead to learn about Him.”

Strangely enough, those who proceed in life without this belief or faith in God often live their whole lives without recognizing or acknowledging God’s existence and His will for them. The Bible jolts us into the folly of such a life with this fact: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God.'” No wonder then that such people often live in indecision, lack of fulfillment and worse.

The starting place, therefore, is that we must believe that He exists and that He rewards of those who diligently seek Him. If you are uncertain that God exists, let me make a suggestion.

Bow your head right now and ask God aloud to give you the assurance that He exists. I do have one caution, however. If you ask God to give you a believing faith you must be prepared to act upon that faith. God is not interested in curiosity seekers. You must be prepared to step out to obey God in your life of faith or you will probably never know He exists and is ready to work completely in your life.

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