Ok guys, we’re getting spiritual today. If that isn’t your thing, no worries. I hope you come back for my next post, because I write about all sorts of different topics. If it is your thing, read on. :)
This week has been a huge reminder for me that God is in our lives, that He loves each of us because we are His children, and that He will take care of us if we let Him. The thing that holds many people back from this way of life is that they believe IN God and Jesus Christ, they just don’t believe Him.
What’s the difference?
Someone who believes in God says so. They claim their belief verbally. They believe that God is real and that He is the creator of the universe.
Someone who believes God lives so. The holy scriptures tell us that God loves us. Mathew 7:9-11 poses the question: “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
People who think that God won’t help them in their lives, in whatever way they need, don’t truly believe God. They might believe in Him, but they don’t believe Him. They don’t trust that he can and will take care of them. He says that He will “give good things to them that ask”, but they either think that he can’t or just won’t.
God loves us perfectly. I used to not understand why. I saw my flaws, my weaknesses, my sins, and I felt like I hadn’t done enough yet to be worthy of God’s love, like it was something I was working towards, that I had to earn it. But the truth is God loves every man, woman, child, and dorky 20-something-year-old for no other reason than the fact that you exist. You are His son or daughter. What other reason does God need to love you? And since he loves you he will take care of you!
In school this week I had a project due that was worth 25% of my grade and took 60+ hours of work. If God has already loved me enough to send His Only Begotten Son to die for me and pay for all of my sins and weaknesses (John 3:16), why wouldn’t he be willing to help with a simple school project? Of course he would! That was my realization this week. He is willing, He is capable, and He is just waiting for us to ask for it.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (commonly referred to as Mormons) I am extremely blessed to know and love the Bible, but we also have another testament of the divinity of Jesus Christ, which stands with the Bible as a second witness of God and Jesus Christ. I am referring to The Book of Mormon. (the book, not the musical).
One of my favorite scriptures on this subject from The Book of Mormon says this: “As much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions…” I love this because Christ doesn’t just save us from our sins. He saves us from our troubles. God doesn’t only want to help us overcome the big obstacles in our lives. He wants to be there for us every single step of the way. Trust Him. Let Him take care of you. It might be scary at first, but He won’t let you down. He loves you.
***Inspiration for this post came from Stephen E Robinson’s Believing Christ, a wonderful book that I highly recommend, available on Amazon.