Finding Signs of Life
Last week my friend and I went to see the movie “God’s Not Dead”. For those who don’t know, it is about a college student who is forced by his Philosophy professor to defend his faith and prove God’s existence. I thought it was a very well written movie that faced head on some difficult questions that many of us ask. I am going to be careful not to spoil anything, but one argument that is made in the movie is about how a loving God can allow bad to happen; a fair question when heartbreak, struggle, injustice and devastation surround us. So many times we try to wrap our finite minds around an infinite God, but to no avail. But what I have learned is that the more I come to know God, the less that I need answers.
Recently I was asked by someone who is walking through extremely heart wrenching circumstances how I have so much faith in light of all I have been through physically. She thought I should be mad at God, but I shared with her how it is quite the opposite. The circumstances this person thought should have pulled me away from God are actually the very circumstances that have pushed me towards Him. The truth is, our circumstances can either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block in our pursuit of God.
Rather than doubting God’s existence, goodness or love because of what my eyes may or may not see, I have chosen to trust in His Word that says, “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10) That may sound like foolishness, but I believe the evidence of peace, hope and even joy in the midst of the hard times is a sure sign of something more than foolishness.
So, while some may say that God is dead because they cannot explain His ways, it is often those unexplainable times that I am most aware of His life. Why? Because it is in those times that I turn to Him and He in turn reveals Himself to me. Yes, it is because of God’s presence, voice, love, peace and faithfulness in the most challenging and confusing seasons that I know my GOD’S NOT DEAD. What a perfect time of year to remember that!!
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 NASB