God has given us much evidence that He exists, yet there are many in the world today who choose not to accept the evidence. I have never doubted God’s existence. Many say that since He cannot be seen we cannot really know if He is there. I know He not only exists but that He is an ever-loving, ever-present Being that involves Himself in the affairs of mankind.
Belief in God requires an understanding of His nature and His character. We often attempt to understand Him as we would understanding another human. However, He is a spiritual Being, One who is holy, immortal and eternal. His character and His nature are holy. He exists as three co-eternal Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We as humans, on the other hand, have sinful, fallen natures. We are mortal beings, subject to death and therefore limited in our ability to ever completely understand His omnipotent, omniscient nature. Because of this, we seek to place God on our level instead of accepting that His ways and His thoughts are spiritual and divine and far above our own. Isaiah 55:8, 9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
So then, you might ask, how can one know God and know that He exists? We must know Him through faith. God desires us to have a faith relationship with Him and has given each of us a level or measure of faith to enable us to better understand spiritual matters. He guides and teaches us so that we are properly led into the truth of His existence and His love for mankind. To prove there is a God without referencing His word, the Bible, would prove challenging to those who do not believe in Him. However, the Bible does tell us, “We must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
There are many ways in which the Lord has demonstrated to me that He exists. Although time would not permit me to cite specific examples, here are but a few of the many ways He affects our lives each day. God is everything we need for Him to be, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 22:13).
God as Creator
I do not believe that the existence of life is coincidental. Many scientists have devised theories that totally leave God out of the equation of how our life began. However, I believe that we cannot take life as some impersonal thing. It is it far too complex, too ordered to have come from some strange explosion billions of years ago. I believe the mind of our divine Creator designed it intentionally and He sustains it from day to day. I see evidence of His creativity every day and the more I see the more I am convinced that none of what I see is happenstance. All are made and sustained by our divine Creator. Col 1:16, 17 ” For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
God as Designer
Although God can manifest Himself to mankind in many ways, nature is certainly one of the best ways He has revealed Himself to us. Naturs is God’s handiwork. From the booklet, Peace above the storm, Project Restore reminds us, “Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature…. The sunshine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator’s love.” Look at a flower, a flock of geese flying overhead, a waterfall, a leaf on a tree. Look at the tide as it ebbs and flows. Consider how the seasons change and the perfection of a snowflake. Look at the complexity of our own bodies and the miraculous way each body system interacts with one another. All these things did not just happen as some would have you believe.
God as Lifegiver
Without God, we could not exist. We are told in Acts 17:28, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” God is the Giver of life. When man was created, it was the lifegiving breath of God that brought Adam to life. Mankind lives because God sees to his existence. God does not create anything that He does not also sustain. Additionally, not only does He give us life, but He also changes our sinful life. God works the miracle of the new birth in own lives if we allow Him to. He takes our broken lives and makes us whole. We cannot change our sinful heart by ourselves. It takes God, the Lifegiver, to smooth out our rough edges and give us a new life in Him. I know He has worked this life-changing miracle in me, which is more evidence of why I choose to believe in Him. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
God as Redeemer
One of the most profound things God has done for us is make a way for us to be restored to Him, to bridge the gap of separation that was caused when sin entered our world. His divine love for us is so deep that He has brought Himself as close to sinful man as possible. When sin entered the world man became subjected to the wages of sin, which is death. We deserved to die for our sin. God graciously came to earth in the form of man in the Person of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. He redeemed us by dying the death that should have been ours. He didn’t have to do this. When man sinned God could have just spoken us out of existence and started over. But He did not do this. Our Creator cared enough for us to die for us. That’s amazing love!
God as the lover of mankind
Perhaps the strongest reason I believe in God’s existence is that He is a personal God who loves us unconditionally. This is far different from the cold, impersonal idea that we evolved. Man has a need to be loved and this need has been instilled in us from His heart of love. The reason we desire to love and be loved is because He has given us that desire. God loves extends to all mankind, even to those who may not love Him in return. Eternal love is unexplainable, but I know God loves me. He always has and always will. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Yes, that love draws us close to Him and His Spirit impresses that love upon our hearts. It is the love of God that teaches us to love others as well.
God as Protector
God sends His holy angels to protect each of us. Each day He has a watchful eye on us. We would never know how many times in any given day that God send His holy angels to guard us and to keep us in all our ways. (Psalms 91:11). He also defends us from the spiritual attacks of Satan. God hedges us and shields us, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well.
God as Friend
God has blessed me with many precious earthly friends who are supportive and loving and kind, but none can compare to the friendship He provides. He understands and cares on a deeper level than humans can, no matter how sincere they may be. Jesus tells us in John 15:15, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. God is a friend I can call on any time day or not, as He never slumbers or sleeps (Psalms 121:4). We cannot wear out our welcome with God.
God as Provider
We have nothing within us that enables us to care for ourselves. but God cares for us no less than the sparrows, as Christ reminded us in Luke 12:7. Yes, we are of more value than sparrows. God provides for our every need, as the apostle Paul reminds us, “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). He knows what we need to sustain life, thus He makes a way for us to have food, clothing, shelter. He is indeed Jehovah-Jireh, the One will will provide.
God as Teacher
I often wonder how much we would know if the Lord didn’t give us the ability to learn. Our minds are phenomenal and capable of processing and retaining much information each day. The Lord gives us wisdom. The Bible tells us, “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6). We will be learning throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.
God as Peacemaker
I believe that God is the giver of peace. In our world of turmoil, peace sometimes seems to be elusive. God is aware of the pain and sorrow we experience. He knows how we suffer and knows the many ways we search for peace in a world that offers little of it. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He promises us a peace “that passeth understanding” (Phil. 4:7). Man can manufacture many things, but not peace. Great minds have sought to find it, many treaties have been signed in an effort to gain it, but if God has not instilled His peace within our heart we will never have it.
Yes, I believe in God because it just makes sense to do so. You may choose to believe in His existence or chose not to. Your choice will not change the fact that He exists. It would not change the fact that He loves you. Though man may never call upon His name, He would still wait for you to believe in Him and accept Him as long as there is time.
All references form King James Version of the Bible
Project Restore: “Unconditional love”