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(By Jessica Townley)
Do you ever spend time wondering about the facts of life? Sometimes I want to know why 2 + 2 really equals 4… What is the number 2 made up of and what is 4? Do you ever wonder how it is actually possible to travel to the moon? Do you ever question the size and shape of the Earth? Is it really round? And if so, how are the people down in Australia not falling off the sphere of the Earth and landing in the next galaxy? These are all random thoughts that I have pondered. I bet I’m not alone.
Or maybe you might wonder about other subjects. Maybe you ask yourself, if there is anyone you can trust. Maybe you want to know why suffering exists. Maybe you question the government. Maybe you’re searching for solutions to world disasters, like Hurricane Irma. Or maybe you can’t make sense of what happened to you in your past as a child.
When it comes to life as a human, there are so many uncertainties. There are so many unanswered questions that cause us to worry or fear or doubt. In a world full of unknowns, God is the only constant.
Here’s what I know: When you experience the wonder of God, you will never have to wonder about God.
God is not a god of confusion. He is clear and he is straightforward about his identity as Creator, Author, Redeemer, Lover, Deliverer, Sovereign, Holy, Everlasting, Promise-maker, Promise-keeper. God is absolute truth. He is all powerful, all knowing, so majestic in His ways. He is the epitome of beauty and the essence of strength. He is good. He is faithful. He is loyal. When you experience His wonder, you will never have to wonder about Him.
The Bible is chalk-full of story after story revealing the miraculous wonder of God. Anyone remember Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and King David? These men are some of the most famous examples found in the Old Testament. They are some of the guys who got to see the wonder of God in action on a scale that we can’t even begin to imagine. These men were the ones who became a father to a great nation after 100 years of being childless, experienced the burning bush, were delivered from slavery in Egypt, watched the parting of the Red Sea, led the fall of Jericho and the countless victories against nonstop enemies, defeated the giant Goliath, etc.! The list goes on and on.
I’m personally challenged by Abraham. Every detail in his life is pretty incredible. Even after lots of time spent waiting on God, Abraham remained a pillar of faith. He is a man who saw the wonder of God and as a result had zero doubts in His mind about trusting God fully.
Romans 4:20-21 says, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
Do you want to be fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises? I know I do. The same God who made His name known in the Old Testament is the same God that we worship today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Together, let’s ask God to reveal His wonder to us on this day. The Bible says, when we seek Him we WILL find Him. And I believe when we find Him, our doubts will be replaced with unwavering faith.
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