I don’t know if anyone else was paying attention, but a few days ago Dave suggested that we post a gridblog by August 31st on why we believe. (A gridblog occurs when a group of people blog on the same topic). No one else has blogged about it yet, including Dave… but I’ll take a crack at it, even though when I first read his topic suggestion I made some kind of strange disbelief “how am I going to do that?” noise. On one hand, it is very simple to state why I believe. On the other… well… you get the point.
I guess I can’t ever really know for sure… is there some kind of equation that adds up my background, upbringing and life experiences that would make me more succeptible to belief or more perceptive to God, or is it just the simple fact that God has continually revealed Himself to me and has been faithful to me on every single one of his promises? Since he has been faithful on those, why not believe everything else He has said?
Anyway, all I know is that when I think back, as far back as I can remember, I can see points and places where God has been there. In hindsight, I can see His work. Growing up I know that somewhere in my heart, I knew there was a God. Before I even knew Him I wrote poems about Him and longed for something more in life, something more in people. Something good. I never really gave it too much thought during my childhood or adolesence. But right after Graduation, I started to long more desperately and God started to come on a little strong… I sought Him and I found Him. Through reading His word and putting it into practice I have learned the truth. Through prayer and persistence I am coming to know His character.
I believe because He’s God. And I know it. It’s hard to explain how you know it. How you came to believe. Why you believe.
I guess to put it in short form:
1) He has taken me from my misery and given me joy.
2) He is faithful.
I don’t think I can put it much more simply than that.