Welcome to Ask God Today’s new devotional series, “Ask God Anything.”
We asked YOU what you wanted to know about God and His character, and you served up some great questions. In return, we are going to provide you with some equally great answers. As a treat this month, we have invited several special guests to join us. We can’t wait for you to meet them!
We pray this series will fan the flame of worship in your lives! Now without further ado, here’s the first question!
Is there a God?
This world is such a big place. And by “world” I mean the universe, not just our little ole terra firma, planet Earth.
Billions of stars painted on a velvety canvas of black that disappear as soon as our tiny planet scoots slightly to the side, giving way for the sun to overcome their brightness. How majestic our world appears when we zoom out with our telescope to reveal galaxies that extend light years from where we sit.
Conversely, if we zoom in with our microscopes, we find a gazillion tiny single-celled organisms that can’t be seen with our eyes.
And our eyes! What an amazing innovation! Orbs of flesh that give us a uniquely human pair of spectacles with which to view all that is creation. I stand in awe of the multitude of created things, all pointing to a creator.
And here’s how the Bible breaks it down:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, ESV)
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3, ESV)
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3, ESV)
We can’t see the invisible God, but He is visible to us through the things He has made. And the key is faith. “By faith” we believe He was here “In the beginning” when He made the world—when He made us.
We know HE is here by what is here, and His word confirms it.
Okay. Fine, God exists. What does that have to do with me?
I’m so glad you asked. Maybe this little story will help.
My husband Jimmy walked into his youth pastor’s office and braced him by saying, “Mr. Taylor, what I am about to say to you will change your life forever!”
Excited, Mr. Taylor replied, “Great! Tell me, what is it?” Now—brace YOURself—my husband said these two little words to him:
Mr. Taylor didn’t find it as profound as my husband did, replying, “Yes, Jimmy. I know. ‘God exists.’”
My husband describes himself ERUPTING with excitement in response, saying “NOOOOOO! Don’t you see!? If GOD EXISTS, then NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!”
How about you?
Maybe you found yourself reading this, echoing what the youth pastor said at first. “Yes, of course God exists. Everyone knows that…” (Well, not everyone.)
Anyway, that is huge, people! HUGE, I tell you! It is the very basis for…well, EVERYTHING!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1-3, ESV)
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17, ESV)
Conclusion? God exists. God created all things. We exist because He created us, and we exist for Him.
So, suppose it is “hungry time,” as my middle girl Gracie puts it. You go into the kitchen and prepare a chicken leg for lunch and then sit down to eat the meal you made for yourself.
Let’s say the chicken leg on your plate stands up and gives you a serious tongue-lashing as to why it will not be used for the purpose you intended it for. Then the chicken leg walks off your plate and out of your house to pursue its dream of—oh, whatever chicken legs dream about.
Besides the fact that chicken legs don’t have tongues to lash with, or an ability to walk and talk—for which I am truly thankful—let’s consider that you did prepare the chicken leg for a purpose.
You made that chicken leg for YOU. Of course, the illustration breaks down on many levels, but the point is this: If God is GOD, then why can’t He make things for Himself and UNTO Himself?
Apart from Him, neither you nor I would even exist—let alone have the wherewithal to make decisions to flee His presence or bidding.
It just makes sense.
God didn’t make this world for man to gobble up and consume.
God made the world and all within it to the PRAISE and glory of Himself!
I‘m not sure where you are with this concept, but I am okay with it. Last time I checked, I found that I had no power to create myself. I am only here because He designed it to be so. I cannot hold myself together, let alone an entire universe. I cannot make the sun shine, nor can I make it rain. I cannot cause things to grow. I cannot cause my own heart to beat, nor can I change the hearts of men.
God made it all and sustains it all—therefore, HE gets to make the rules. I think that is reasonable, don’t you?
So let’s review…
If God exists, we exist for Him—His glory is at stake. The pinnacle of that glory was displayed in Jesus Christ. Christ was sent be God to live a sinless life, die an atoning death for sinful man (that’s us) and rise again breaking the chains of death and Hell.
1 Corinthians 1:27-31 says this:
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (ESV)
What do you think? Is there a God?
If you believe in God, share your support by typing “God Exists!” in the comments.
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