It is hard to argue with another’s experience. For some it is the ultimate proof statement however I suspect that this is only true when someone believes at the beginning of the search. When one doesn’t believe, ah this is a tough one. What do you need to confirm the premise? Is there any proof statement to address your fears, uncertainties, and doubts? Will evidence make a difference?
I reflect and find evidence of God providence. It is as if God was and is involved in everything! Yet there are those who look on the same events with anger, frustration, and pain. They see no confirmation. I know the clich? answer is to say God is always here. Christians will suggest blindness to those who do not see. Others respecting God will suggest they are dealing with an angry God who is responding to their actions. In both cases there are those who believe but this rarely satisfies those who do not believe. They want something they do not yet have.
There is a difficult answer hidden in this frustration. In the story of the blind man, leaders “came back at the blind man, ‘You're the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?’
He said, ‘He is a prophet.’” (John 9.17)
They still didn’t believe. There are two key reasons I find in my life why I don’t want to believe. First, the outcome doesn’t fit my predetermined ideas of what could and will be. If I cannot imagine the result it just cannot be! Second, my heart is set on a specific result that reflects my priorities and values. This is a high flying way of saying my selfish desires have not been met therefore there is no God! A loving God would give me what I need (want). I don’t have that so there must not be a loving God in action.
Blindness does not negate the fact that God is here.
The question today is simple. Will we open ourselves up to experience God in our life, in action?
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