Tuesday is for Discussion
We say we believe in a supernatural God, a God who spoke worlds into existence, a God who set the stars in their courses, a God who parted seas and rivers, a God who freed a people from slavery, a God who raises the dead and who is coming again to judge the living and the dead … but I wonder.
Sometimes when I examine the prayers we / I pray, when I scrutinize the anxiety that plagues our hearts and the fears that hound our souls, … I wonder if we aren’t all closet-anti-super-naturalists. Exhibit A of our Atheism: Can God change the heart of your husband, son, daughter, obnoxious neighbor? Some of us have family members or friends or neighbors, who, from a human perspective, head a list of “least likely to ever convert to Christ.“
They have hardened hearts, or hardened lifestyles, or associations with so many unsavory characters that we think they will never believe. Maybe they are trapped in a belief system like Islam, or Mormonism, or atheism or a lifestyle like homosexuality, or alcoholism or drug addiction, or perhaps they are so narcissistically bent that our spirit’s are intimidated into despondency over their spiritual future. We hope for their deliverance. We pray for their conversion, while at the same time doubting that it will ever happen.
We forget that this is the business God is in.
He delights to rescue the broken, despised, abandoned, hardened, prodigals that surround us. After all, that’s what he did with us. But we forget that the Bible is filled with unlikely candidates for redemption. Think about this: 17 books in the Bible (5 in the Old Testament and 13 in the New Testament) were written by former murderers (Moses and the Apostle Paul). Paul was a serial-murderer and great King David, who wrote half of the book of Psalms, was also a murder.
God delights in changing what we think is unchangeable.
And that’s an important thing for us to remember.
- What are you praying for that only God can do?
- What are you believing God for that shows you are not a practical atheist?
- What are you NOT praying for because you DON’T BELIEVE God will act?