I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
~ Galatians 2:20
In the Daily Devotion, we have studied — and will no doubt study again — the great doctrine of justification by faith. Taking a minute to reflect about just how and why we believe in God, generally, and the divinity and saving power of Christ, in particular, is a useful was to reaffirm and perhaps deepen our understanding of this great miracle.
Billy Graham, giving both personal witness and general advice, has said that “One day, by a simple act of faith, I decided to take Jesus Christ at His word. I could not come by way of the intellect alone; no one can. That does not mean that we reject reason. God has given us minds and the ability to reason wherever reason is appropriate, but the final and decisive step is taken by faith. I came by faith.”
In my own mind, it is impossible to believe in God by any means other than faith. I have argued with atheists and listened to a number of Christian apologists, but I am convinced that the existence of God cannot be proven by logic, and cannot be disproven by logic. The great world view of atheists usually resides in science; they think science can, and will, know all truth, but anyone who argues this is simply wrong. It is hard for me to stop from using a colorful term to describe how foolish the argument is, that science will know everything.
The more you study, say, physics, the more you realize that physicists simply have no idea about how the universe actually operates. What they actually do is make mathematical models, and the best way to describe the ultimate understanding of natural law by physics is this: “Some models work some of the time. No models work all of the time.”
But people will testify that when they came to Christ, by blind faith, something happened in their own life. We find a capacity for love we never had. Life takes on an entirely new aspect. Jesus said that those who have ears will hear, and this, I think, is exactly what He meant. Some people simply seem to have the capacity, or the willingness, or the humility, to hear the call of God in their spirit. We know Jesus is our savior in a way that cannot be seen or measured; and thank you, Lord God, for allowing me to be one of the lucky ones who has heard your call.
Dear Lord, let me always receive your Spirit with pure faith, for I am your child. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer