Why is it that God does not seem to approach in a much more obvious way? One answer has been that God’s existence is not a matter of reality and facts. Isn’t it more of a faith position, anyway? Isn’t it more about a leap in the dark than an embrace of evidence? I would agree that God isn’t “forcefully obvious,” but I don’t think that this confines God to being a “take-it-or-leave-it” matter of faith. I think it makes more sense to see God as clearly visible, whilst not being forcefully obvious.
Loneliness Is God’s Knock Yesterday, for one long moment, I had a preview of eternity without God’s love. In that moment, a feeling of intense loneliness came over me as though light had been taken from the world. I seemed to be wandering aimlessly and uncertainly in heavy darkness without direction. An unexplainable fear began to trouble my mind. In desperation I tried to reason away the fear, only to find that my powers of reasoning seemed to elude me. I tried to draw some calm from my spiritual reserve, only to find the reserve in a state of bankruptcy. I felt inadequate, alone, desperate.
Life, like traffic on a city beltway, runs on and on. For a few hours each night, it slows. But most of the time it goes ahead full tilt. Some people get in the wrong lane and go where they don’t want to go. Others are totally lost. Accidents are frequent. Hectic is normal. But life is really unlike traffic on a city beltway. When cars crash, they may be trashed and replaced. But life is made up of PEOPLE, like you. You have only one life. It cannot be replaced or recycled.
Do you ever wonder how you can be forgiven of your sins? Forgiven so completely that you are no longer guilty? God tells us how. 1. Confession is necessary if we wish God’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and for-saketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).
Certainly He Can Do you sometimes feel God doesn’t care about you? Did you know that God really DOES care about your life, your health, your finances, your relationships, and your inner struggles? But even more, He loves you and cares about your soul. He wants to make Himself known to you through His Son Jesus. He wants you to experience the peace of repentance and total surrender to Him, the assurance of your sins forgiven, and the freedom of a righteous life.
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GUILTY –or– FORGIVEN? “How do you plead?” the judge asked. I swallowed. I hadn’t realized how difficult this would be. “Guilty,” I answered. I would have liked to explain, to say that I am usually very law-abiding, to show how circumstances were different this time. But I knew the judge had probably heard every excuse there was. Mine would be no different. So I quietly accepted the sentence and paid my fine. * * * * * Guilty. We have all felt guilty at one time or another. More than that, we have all been guilty. What is guilt? What is this thing called guilt, anyway?
Two healthy, clean-cut young men, Dr. Westman and Jack Strong, met while flying westward across the nation and became fast friends when they found they were graduates of the same university. After an interesting conversation about their school, a serious discussion arose. It all began when the doctor, after a pause in the conversation, asked, “Where are you headed, Jack?” “I’m going to the West Coast to join my uncle in business,” Jack answered. The doctor paused thoughtfully, and then asked, “Would you mind my asking you a few questions concerning yourself, Jack?”
Have you lost your faith in God? Does life seem cruel and unfair? Do you wonder if God even exists? Read these accounts of others with similar struggles.