For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1:18-23 NASB Many times the question has been asked, do you believe God is real and if so why? To many in the world if you say you believe in God, you are just going on blind faith. Is it blind faith we have or is it reasoning we use to show why we believe in God. Eric shared a very encouraging story about how when he was going back to medical school he was caught in the middle with a family and how to support them while also coming up with money to pay for his schooling. To the world, Eric was just going on blind faith, believing God was going to supply his needs.
I also read a story of a young woman who was single and struggling to come up with money to live on. Her friends knew she was behind on her rent but this lady was not concerned. She told her friends that her dad had a lot of money and every month he would stop by and pay for whatever she couldn't pay. To the world she was using reason, her dad always came through and paid for what she couldn't. The world says Eric is living on blind faith but this young woman is living on reason. Eric's challenge was for us to look back on our lives and see where God has done something that could only be explain as God doing it for us.
I have since done that and am reminded of at least three times when I have to say God was with me and took care of me and it was definitely something He did in my life. About 7 years ago something happened to my son that continues to especially come to mind. He and his wife were having their third child. They knew it was going to be a girl but upon having an ultrasound done the doctors discovered she had a hole in her heart and she was going to need very serious surgery as soon as she was born. Of course we were all devastated. My son and his wife were especially crushed. Shawn said he went home that day and opened his bible to Matthew and began reading all the miracles Jesus had performed, then told God how he believed these miracles really happened and that he also believed God still does miracles and asked if He would do one here. They went back for another visit to see better where the hole was and to see how best to repair it. The doctor and nurse came into the room and apologized over and over for what they had put Shawn and his wife through. They had definitely seen a hole in this little girls heart that was going to need to be repaired but now they couldn't find it or any sign of any problems with her heart. Seven years later their little girl is still doing fine and has had no heart issues. Shawn and his wife now, along with Judy and I, have a very real reason to believe in God and that He is with us now.
As Eric said, we need to remind ourselves of these times so that when we go through tough times we can know God is real and still with us. So when the world says we are going on blind faith and we say we are going on reason, it is actually both. We have real reason to believe in God and we also have faith that He is with us and still doing great things for us, just not blind faith.
by Ken Edgerly