Monday, March 14, 2011

What If It’s All True?

Father God, you are God all by yourself, and I continue to be in awe of your majestic works.  I submit myself before your throne of grace, expressing gratitude by way of thanksgiving.  Father I just thank you for your Word. I thank you for your Holy Spirit. I thank you for your anointing power.  I thank you for your covering.  I thank you for your grace and mercy which can be seen every time I take a breath.  It is a reminder of a gift that I did not have to receive, but you saw fit to be a blessing to me, and I thank you for it.  Most of all, I thank you for your Son Jesus, who’s sacrifice was a gift to all mankind.  I pray this morning, that all who are reading this message are in the best of health.  I pray this morning, that they are comforted.  I pray this morning that they are at peace.  I pray this morning that they are worry free, and if they are lacking in any area, Father, I pray that you fulfill that area.  I pray a blessing on them.  I pray a blessing on their children and household.  I pray a blessing on their going and coming.  I just pray that you be a God to them, just like how you have been to me.  And Father, if there is anything we have done, that is not pleasing in thy sight, I pray in the name of your Son Jesus, that you forgive us for it.  We give you all honor and glory, and this we pray in your son Jesus name.  Amen

There was a time where I did not believe in God.  In fact, I used to question those who were Christians about their faith.  I was logical and asked really complex questions, where I remember at times I gave them (Christians) pause.  My goodness!  It was fitting for me to question their God.   I always made God theirs and not mine.  As stated, I can question their God, but to cause them to question their own God, man, where was their faith?  I did this successfully for years.  Then I met my match; my oldest son.  He was a boy at the time and you know how young children get?  They ask questions and when you give them an answer, they ask why.  Then when you answer, they ask why again until you get annoyed and shout, “Because I say so”!  I never did that with Q.  Anyone who knows me, know I have some very inquisitive children, and if I thought I was going to escape God, my children will prove the contrary.  Q asked me where God lives.  I did not think it was right to tell my son there is no God, since his young mind would not comprehend my thoughts on the matter, so I told him what everybody believes; He lives in heaven.  He then asked me why?  Of course I said, well God cannot be contained in one place so He has to live in a place where there are no limits and that is heaven.  So he then asks me where is heaven.  I told him it is beyond the clouds.  He flipped the question and asked does God speak.  I told him in different ways.  He speaks to us by dreams, by thoughts, or by people when they are in church, and it was when I said that, I regretted saying it.  Yep, you guessed it; he then asked me what is church.  So I explained it to him.  Then he said “oh ok.”  I was relieved.  As I was driving, I looked in the rear view mirror and I seen him smiling.  I remember saying to myself how good a dad I was that I was able to answer his questions satisfactorily.  Then as I hit the next light, it came to me.  I had that feeling of being had.  I said you got to be kidding me.  Of course there was another word between the “be” and “kidding”, but remember I was not saved then.  God used my son to put me in my place.  Here I was questioning Christians about their faith, yet I have plenty of it myself.  Good one God!
It moved me, and I began to research.  I began to look into why things happen.  Like why does the earth spin one way and not the other?  Why does the moon affect the tides?  What is behind our heart beat?  Why is every snowflake unique?  I was pointed in this direction and that direction, and everybody and their mother adding their theories, and when I was done, I was cross-eyed for all the reading and my tongue was bruised for trying to pronounce so many big words.  Everybody had answers, but I was still left with, why?  Then I asked myself this question, suppose it is true?  I never really thought about God again nor did I question people’s faith because it was too complex for my mind to comprehend.  But every now and then, that question would nag me.  What if it’s all true?
Our country, counting the revolution up until present, has either engaged in war or was the leader as an intervention where warlike methods were applied.  We are talking 236 years.  The amount of war or intervention is approximately 50.  So if my math is correct the equivalent of how many times our country either went to war or was leading a warlike intervention, was approximately every 4.72 years from 1775 until present.  That was just our involvement.  Nations had their wars against other nations.  Well guess what, the bible says “Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Lu 21:10)  Is that a coincidence?  What about the greed of the world?  Are more children respecting their parents?  Haven’t they removed God out of the classrooms?  What about these reality shows?  The bible speaks to all of that in 2 Tim 3:1-4.  Are these coincidences?  The bible states “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!  Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,  Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!” (Isa 5:20-23)  My goodness!  Can anyone of you read the above verses and say with a clear conscience that this is not happening now?  Finally, we just heard of the devastating earth quake that rocked Japan.  Was it not last year when Haiti was hit with a severe earthquake?  Did not years before that a wicked tsunami hit Indonesia and Thailand?  The bible states “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”  Are these coincidences too?  I am sorry, that is just too many coincidences for me.
If the bible speaks about all of these things happening, and it does, and if you still do not believe, then the logical thing to do is to look deeper into other things that the bible speaks about.  By the grace of God, the process that led me to be saved started with my second son Aj (Matt 21:16), and the conduct of my wife (1 Pet 3:1-2).  And during that time, I looked back and asked myself that question, what if it’s all true?  I answered by saying, “I would rather live my life as though God is real, die, and find out that He wasn’t, rather than live my life as though He wasn’t, then to die and find out that it was all true.”  Amen!