Gods character is unique throughout history. He is the ultimate power in the universe, yet, a women held him as a baby in her arms and sang him to sleep. We need God to be the first or He isn’t really God, but the second part is much more difficult to understand. We need that too, without it we would have no hope and definitely no understanding of grace.
In understanding God we do have more than stone statues to stare at or stories to listen to from our elders. We have two sources of who God is to see for ourselves, and a third if we are lucky. First off, we have Gods creation to behold, all the world around us and the stars above, all perfectly in sync and held together by an infinite amount of particulars. Just one thing out of balance and it all falls apart. It’s what gives us our ultimate perspective, where we are in life and a constant reminder of the God that put us here.
We also have God’s word. It’s the most insight we have into God’s relationship with His creation. It’s also the most contentious in understanding God. If we trust it as the authoritative account than we have a lot of information to go on. If not, than we will forever struggle to find purpose and understand all that God is at a personal level.
Most of the time when I encounter those who are struggling with their belief it’s because they don’t trust the Bible, therefore they don’t read it and trust it to affect their lives. They are trying to make the most important decision of their lives with only half of life’s available information.
The wildcard and for some it is the clincher in their belief, or lack of is those around us. An influential person, living out their faith in humility and devotion to God is a powerful means to understand that God is real, means what He says, and can be trusted. The opposite is also true. How many jokes are out there on the money grubbing preacher, on TV with the crazy voice asking for money in the name of Jesus. Or the priests trusted in counseling our youth who have been destroying it with assaults instead. Its God’s will that we are the ones to spread the Good News. It seems that some have forgotten the good part and turned it into a grocery aisle tabloid instead.
If those observing don’t have anything else to go on then I don’t blame them with having a distrust in the God that these men profess as Lord and Savior. It is so important and powerful that believers not hide their faith but fully trust in the God that they profess to live openly and show that all that God is, is enough. People searching for answers to life’s questions will notice and may start to notice the answers all around them in God’s creation as well as trust enough to open and read the Bible that will deepen their new faith and continue the cycle to inspire future generations.