Do You…Believe…In God?

Do you believe in God?”, seemed a simple enough question.  But if so simple…why did it take me so long to answer?  After all it was only asking for a _yes or _no answer, and  all I needed to do was check a box and move on…and finish the questionnaire.  Still…a year after dad had handed me the application, I was making lame excuses every time  he asked…”Have you filled out the questionnaire yet..?  This was important to me…I couldn’t lie…I had to be honest…there was family tradition to be considered…and I had my dad’s reputation at stake.  After all this was his club he was asking me to join…his buddies…his friends…his cronies…his lodge.  I had to get this right..!

The first question on the application to join the Elks Lodge is “Do You Believe in God?” but I must say…until my dad handed me that app to fill out…I really hadn’t thought about it much.

One Friday Night in FebruaryMy wife and I were married in a the church across the street from our highschool.  She was 17 and I was 20.  The wedding scheduled at 4pm Friday after school to avoid conflict with the varsity basketball game.  Married by a minister whose name we don’t recall…and who never asked “Do you believe in God?”

When I was a kid…we drove everywhere.  Long Sunday drives…Road Trips…the car filled with highway games like “I Spy” and “Road Sign Alphabet”. 

Plus there was always lots of singing…My dad loved to sing and when we sang, we harmonized. We sang songs like…’Sentimental Journey’…’She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain’…’Frog Went a Courtin’…’You get a line – I’ll get a poll’…plus many many others.  I think my mom liked ‘Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dina’ best because it was her dad’s fave and reminded her of home!  We even sang spiritual songs like…’Do Lord’…’The Old Rugged Cross’…’I Walked in the Garden’…and ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’…to name a few…yet there was never a mention of God aside from those songs…and I am certain my parents never asked me…“Do You Believe In God?”

So…I want to know…”Do You?”  It’s important to me…”Do You Believe?”

If I never ask you…maybe no one else will ever ask you either…and what a shame it would be if you never met God face to face simply because no one ever asked you… “Do You Believe in God?”

You see…after that year of indecision…wrestling over whether or not I could believe in God…I finally did decide that I believed…so…I answered yes to that question and all the subsequent others and turned in that application.  Did it mater to the lodge how I answered the question?  Was a “No” answer just as acceptable as a “Yes”?  I’m not sure…but this I do know…deciding that God was God changed my perspective on life…and I would forever never be the same…

Before my yes answer…I was in the dark about who God was…about whether He even existed…you might say I was blind & then through a simple yes answer, I began to see.

Because I Believe in God…I find the evidence of things hoped for…it’s everywhere…all around us…We are all beautifully and wonderfully made…not hatched.  You see… Believing in God allows me to have faith in God…faith that God is who He says He is…and this faith brings meaning and purpose to my life.  Without God I was lost, but with God I am no longer lost but found…no longer blind but see…

And what is it that I can now see..? I see the Truth…I see evidence of God in Nature, in Creation, in People and in His printed word…

Gods printed word…The Bible is truth…and the Bible says…in Johns Gospel 8:32 “I will  know the truth, and the truth will set me free.” It also says in John 1:12 that because I have received Him, He has given me the right to become His child…and this simply because I believe in His name.  Then Marks Gospel 9:23 says…”If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  And in 1 John 5:13 we read…”These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…”  and this is just the tip of the iceberg…the beginning of all the things Father God wants to say to us..!

Take some time if you must…but do contemplate it…Ask yourself the Question…you know the one…Do I Believe in God..?  I believe it will change your life…

Thanks for Listening…

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  48. Very nice writing Steve, and powerful in its effect! Great story from youth linking God’s Presence then with who you’ve become in that by Him! While you were telling the tale of singing and games while traveling, I thought another to be the anticipation that welled up in each of us kids – as we embarked on our yearly summer trek to Port Orchard, WA. – for the ‘BurmaShave’ signs, each proclaiming the fun and witty messages to all passing travelers.

    Praise the Lord for His creative and contemporary ‘links’ by which we can express our love and heart for the One in Whom we believe: God, our Sovereign Lord and Savior!

  49. Steve….well written article and it’s content pulled me right into your life as a reminder that many of the little things are full of Him also. I was convinced
    as a boy on one hot summer night, lying down and viewing all of those stars
    at one time. Amazing….but they keep going on and on and never end even
    beyond what I could not see. Just that alone, if I could bear to process it with my bee-bee sized brain, would cause it to blow up. In that moment in time I snatched a bit of Truth from Him that was bigger than I and that started a life-long process, or call it a “seed of believing”, growing as it will to maturity.
    But, I’m looking forward to the day when “we’ll know all things”. So, I’m con-
    tent for now and reside in a much safer region of what God allows me to “see”.

  50. Steven,

    This is a nice piece and well written. I can just see you all flying down the highway, singing! I like your blog. Not too long, not too short, beautiful photos.

    Love, Sis

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