Ever since I was in my mid-teens, I’ve been a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. And I’m still a follower today. I believe Jesus is both human and divine. I believe He is the Savior and Lord of the world. I believe that the New Testament witness concerning Him is true.
However, I can say without blinking that there is no proof for the existence of God. None. There are several evidences. But even those evidences can be debated, and not everyone finds them compelling.
In a future post, I will explain why I’m a Christian and follow Jesus. And in another, I’ll lay out why I believe God exists (even though there is no proof for His existence). But for right now, I want to say a few words to those who profess to be Christians.
I’ve met scores of Christians who were ready to give their teeth for Jesus in their 20s, only to turn their backs on Him in their 30s. Why? Because their commitment to Jesus was based on the supposition that He would perform a certain way. That He would take care of them and meet their needs in a certain way.
Get clear on this: God will let you down. He won’t meet all your expectations. He will allow things that will cause you to conclude that He is unfaithful and doesn’t keep His promises. If you haven’t met this side of God yet, you will. And at that moment, you will discover if you are serving Santa Claus or if you’re serving the God who is.
He will not always be faithful . . . according to your standards of faithfulness.
Isaiah 45:15 says, “Truly, you are a God who hides Himself.”
There was One person in history who deserved never to be forsaken by God. And that was His own Son. Yet in His darkest hour, God the Father forsook His own Son.
You may retort, “Yea, but He raised Him from the dead.” True, but in His blackest hour, the Father forsook Jesus, causing Jesus to cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The promises of God are true. But the Lord will see to it that He doesn’t fulfill all those promises in the way you think He should. At bottom, your God will not be followed, worshipped, or loved on the basis of His performance. Thus your faith – if it will endure – cannot be built on any expectations of God whatsoever. If it is, you’ve built it on sand.
God has determined to be known by faith alone. To simply believe that He is come hell or Hiawatha rather than in any personal expectations of Him. If you build your faith anywhere else, it will crumble in the day of trial.
Build your faith on Him alone and when you have grown old, you will look back at all the pain, suffering, trial, and mystery in your life and you will boldly declare, “He was faithful.”
“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”