Several years ago, someone asked me a significant question; “Do you believe in God?” Unreservedly, I was able to say that I wholeheartedly believed in God. I shared with them that earlier in my life I had recognized I was a sinner in need of the forgiveness and new life that can only come from inviting Jesus Christ to come into my heart as my Savior.
Then they asked me a second question, “Do you believe God?” There was only a slight difference in the wording of the two questions. The first I answered readily with great certainty. The second question caused me to stop and consider: Did I believe God?
Believing God brings with it a daily invitation to ‘do life’ with Him in an active, moment by moment relationship. Woven into believing God, are 4 essentials that have an impact on our lives as we cultivate an authentic relationship with Him:
- Trust: If we believe God, we will trust His Word to be Truth. In turn, we discover His heart for us to be loving, and His character unwavering. Isaiah 45:18-19 states, “I am the Lord, and there is no other; I, the Lord speak truth; I declare what is right.” A lot can be settled in our lives when we trust Him. Psalm 145:13 states, “The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”
- Faith: If we believe God, we discover that the only way we can have a relationship with Him is to take Him at His word and walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” Isaiah 55:8. Believing Him allows us to hand over the reins and rest in the reality that He is faithful and will guide and direct our every step (Ps. 32:8).
- Perspective: If we believe God, we take as fact in faith that He promises to work all things together for His good (Romans 8:28), that we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13), and that dying to ‘self’ enables us to become alive in Him (Philippians 1:21).
- Purpose: Lastly, if we believe God, we discover He has a divine purpose for each of us. “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord.” Our lives impact the lives of others as we believe God; pointing them quite possibly to a time when they choose to believe in Christ.
So, do I believe God? I do.