“In a sense we can’t bump into God in the universe. But in another sense, I believe the fact of His existence bumps into us every day.”
The other day, I had a student ask me how I know that God is real. I had already mentioned to her the general revelation of God that can be seen in nature, and within moral law. I had spoken of Aquina’s proofs for the existence of God and the intelligent design position. I had also spoken of the special revelation of God through the Word and through Jesus Christ. These were the apologetic methods most often used by man.
But this student asked how I could really know. She had a problem accepting what she could not see. She wanted to know why God didn’t just appear to man as a routine. If He really wants a relationship then why doesn’t He just show Himself. That would be final, all the proof needed- end of discussion.
Apart from any apologetic method, I had but one convincing proof left- my life…. As the hymn reads, “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart. …” There is nothing more powerful than this testimony. God daily bumps into me. I sense His presence and His leadership. Sometimes it is a bump just to remind me that I am not alone and sometimes it is a little bit harder of a push as He shows me I have gotten off the path.
I can not ever convince someone using absolute proof. That is what faith is all about. But I can say to you that I never doubt His existence. That is settled for me and it was more that logical reasoning that got me there. It was beyond reason. It was supernatural. You can’t put that under a microscope but that doesn’t make it any less real.
If you open up your heart to hear His voice, you can’t miss Him. He has made Himself quite visible within His creation. His fingerprints are everywhere. But don’t expect a neon sign. Follow the revelation He has already given. The next step is yours. We call it faith……
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 Message