DayBreaks for 4/28/16 – What I Struggle to Believe

DayBreaks for 4/28/16 – What I Struggle to Believe

I suppose all of us have our struggles with faith. It seems to be a fairly normal part of the human condition. There are those who don’t believe in a Creator but who choose to believe that somehow, something came out of nothing and exploded with tremendous force without an apparent cause. This would seem to contradict the laws of cause and effect and it certainly doesn’t explain how something (matter) came to exist in the first place. But that’s not what this is about.

You see, I, and most Christians I know, don’t really struggle to believe in a Creator – the God of the Bible. We may hold different opinions on how God did that which He did do – was it via a big bang that He created the universe (after creating the matter) or did He do it some other way? True believers have differences of opinion on that, but true believers also believe in a Creator.

I have no problem believing in the Creator. None whatsoever. That which exists just won’t let me deny His work in creation. So what is it that I have a hard time believing?  Read on.

I struggle to believe that in this vast created universe, that God even knows that I exist, and even more so, that not only does He know I exist, He loves me and cares about me.

What is it that makes me feel or doubt those things?

For the first subject, I suspect that running the universe in all its immensity and complexity, is a big, BIG job. God Himself said as much in Job. He doesn’t say that it is a job that is too big for Him – not at all!  But can you imagine how big of a job it must be? I know when I’m very busy, I don’t think that often about other people – even those most important to me. I get caught up in my work and thinking about it. So, I am really imposing my own human limitations on an unlimited being when I think He’s too busy to notice me.

As to the second point, even if He does know I exist somewhere in the vastness of the universe, why should He care about me and love me? Ah, now there’s the rub, isn’t it? What have I done to commend myself to Him and His good will? Nothing, really. Sure, I know that Scripture says I am made in His image, but what a flawed image of Him I reflect! But, Scripture says it – and even more than that – Christ’s crucifixion is proof of it!

You see, what we struggle to believe most of all is the truth that we can see on Calvary through the eyes of faith. What a truth it is! It is our challenge to believe it, accept it and be forever grateful for it!

Isaiah 43:1 (NLTse) – But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you, I have called you by name; you are mine.”

PRAYER: Father, You know our struggle with faith and how because of our sinfulness we struggle to believe You love us. I am thankful that our little faith doesn’t threaten You or cause You to love us less. Let us accept the wonderful truth that You are aware that we are here in the vastness of space and that You love us enough that You died for us to prove it to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 08/22/11 – Unbelief and New Things

DayBreaks for 08/22/11 – Unbelief and New Things

“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. 20 The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.- Isaiah 43:18-20

In Isaiah 43 (one of my favorite chapters of the OT), God says tons of amazing things.  In context, just before the passage above, He has reminded Israel that there is no god like Him by reminding them of all He’d done for them.  There is value in looking back – it helps us gain perspective and to understand ourselves and how we can prevent mistakes in the future.  But God doesn’t want us to keep looking back – no matter how amazing His past actions in our lives may be.  He wants us to focus on the present and future in order to see what He’s doing.

It is, He says, a “new” thing – something that’s not been seen or done before.  And what He is doing is far greater than what He’s done in the past.  While this is undoubtedly a Messianic reference, it also has meaning for us.

There are days when the disasters and discouragements of the day threaten to crush us like an ant.  On days like those, it is hard to see anything that God is doing, and it becomes easier to even get down on Him for not treating us like we suppose He should.  We fail to see His hand at work, we forget His words that He is still working out His perfect will and plan each and every day.  And we need to look for those things with great excitement and anticipation.

But, it’s hard to know what to expect when all we know is that it will be “new” and it will be even better than what’s happened in the past, isn’t it?  I am reminded of the prayer of the father in the NT: “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!”

We need faith to belief in the unseen and un-understood “new” thing that God is doing in our lives each and every day.  That kind of faith can be very hard to come by depending on what is going on in our lives.  God decrees that He “will” make a pathway through the wilderness, that He “will” create rivers in the dry wasteland.  And we will be refreshed.

Perhaps there is nothing harder than to have belief in new things that as yet exist only in the mind of God.  But if they’re in His mind as part of His plan, those things are as good as done already.  Let us join our prayer to that of the father: “Lord, I believe!  Help my unbelief!”

PRAYER: Make us believers in things we can’t see – and even in things we can’t imagine – that You have decreed will come to pass.  Lord, we believe!  Help our unbelief!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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