The above comments bring us to the second leg of our journey, What We Believe About God: Good and Bad. This part of the journey will really invite your comments. We all share the same Bible for our theology, but none of us share the same life experiences. We all have something to bring to the discussion. We all can learn from each other. You are to be brutally honest in your comments. Hard questions and even hard conclusions don't scare God off. He knows when life's struggles are hard to understand, we have doubts, questions, fears and even at times want to chunk it all. We never have to pretend with God. Actually it is a futile exercise anyway, He knows all. I welcome all comments and would love for there to be more discussion on this leg of the journey than the last.
You're on the entrance ramp, hit the gas, hang on and let's go. Let's discuss what we believe about God. I want you to know on the front end; this leg of the journey is a setup for the next leg.. Here's what I mean. We spent 30 days (blogs) talking about how God loves us. If we don't get the fact that He is passionate about us settled deep down inside, then nothing else will matter. On the other hand, if we know that we have never been loved like He loves us and that love is not based on anything you have or have not done, then you have a basis for trust. You couple the assurance of His love with an understanding that He has a role for you in His "great plan" and that His capabilities are totally unlimited then you have to respond to that. You can't just let that kind of information leave you unchallenged and unchanged. If God loves me, wants me to be a part of what He is up to and He has no limits, then we have the recipe for an incredible journey that will be more than you and I could ever imagine.
In my mind, the first question is answered and settled. GOD LOVES YOU! He is passionately pursuing you all the time. So if we are convinced that this God loves us then how we respond to that will be determined by what else we believe about Him. Here are some questions we will need to answer on this leg of the journey. Be thinking about these kinds of questions and be ready to bring your thoughts into the discussion. This will be fun and powerful.
- Does He really want to be involved in our everyday life?
- Does He really want to use me?
- Is it really possible to communicate with God?
- Why would He depend on me to help carry out His "big dream"?
- Is He really all powerful and unlimited?
- Does He really know everything?
- Does He still perform miracles?
- Can I trust Him with my life?
- Does He really forgive my past?
- Does He really provide for my needs?