“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
The truth is when I first came to faith and to the ministry I struggled to know God. Providentially I had several spiritual heavyweights who mentored me to God. They shook things down for me into three basic absolutes that made sense then – and still do today.
Their first proposition is that God is here. I have not struggled much with that proposition, especially reflecting on the many, many ways God responds to the prayers I pray to God here.
Their second proposition is that God is real. I found that when I related myself to God, God responded by relating Himself to me. That inspired me to believe that God is not only here, He is very real when I relate to Him and make personal contact with His divine presence.
When I found myself sharing with God the intimate dimensions of my personal, private and even secret life He responded to those prayers. I realized that I had come to believe in a personal God.
That is the third proposition of my spiritual mentors: God is personal.
They wanted me to believe and come to know God who knows the numbers of hairs on my head. By the grace and providence of God I have come to know that personal God. I believe God when He tells me He has a plan for my life which when followed will make me a unique person.
Do you believe in God Who is here, real and personal?
Dick Woodward, 05 March 2013