Vital questions


God-questions move into centre stage when we face major world crises – like a potential nuclear disaster.

The current standoff between the West and a belligerent, nuclear-armed North Korea make hundreds of millions of people feel helpless.  It seems out of the control of any single person.

That’s when questions about God have real impact.

Questions like David’s in Psalm 19 as he gazed at the greatness of God and his creation and asked: “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”

David responds in faith, glorifying God for being intimately involved in the lives of human beings and giving them authority over his earthly creation.

But there are many others who ask: “Why should humans bother with a figment of the imagination like God?”

For them, mankind is the centre of the universe and God is an invention of weak or deluded minds.

How we see God affects our mental, emotional and spiritual response to great crises.

David believed that God has”established his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19).  He sought God’s counsel and direction in war and peace.

But he also believed that God is more than a great general – he is a loving Father who knows our weaknesses and failings and is merciful and compassionate (Psalm 103:8-18).

Christ has promised his followers that, whatever may happen to us on earth, he has prepared a place for us with him in heaven (John 14:1-3).  Our eternal future with a loving God is assured.

Those who refuse to believe in God are left to their own devices.

Experience teaches us that no human being is fully trustworthy.  If we can’t trust someone human to take us through tomorrow’s uncertainties, who can we trust?

In my view, the only answer is God.

Jesus promised us that we would face troubles.  But he also said he would walk with us through the troubles.

For the believer, physical death is not the ultimate horror.

The ultimate horror is being lost without God.




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