I prayed for my precious grandson not to be in horrible pain; I prayed for complete healing from his injury; and I prayed for wisdom and direction for the medical team who would care for him.
I prayed to the God of the Bible—to the God who called Himself LORD God Almighty, I AM, the LORD your God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I prayed to the God who sent His Son, Jesus Christ to planet earth to take human form and live among men, eventually giving His life on a cross in order to pay the sin debt for mankind. That loving and unselfish act made it possible for all humankind to be reconciled to God through faith.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The God I know is revealed in the Bible, and He promises to hear and to answer the prayers of those who follow Him. He does not promise to answer immediately, and he does not promise He will do exactly as we ask Him to do. He makes one fact very clear: Until we know what sin is and just how full of it we are, and until we know that God is holy and perfect and cannot tolerate sin in our relationship with Him, and until we pray a sinner’s prayer asking for forgiveness and inviting God’s Presence into our lives, we do not have a relationship with Him. Until we create that relationship with the One True God through faith in Jesus Christ, we have no real god we can approach with our needs.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
We can be guilty of creating our own gods. The wonderful people that we are, in our minds we create a god who is all “good.” This god does not condemn our sinful behaviors, and that leaves us free to do as we choose, for the gods we create always agree with us. Our created gods make no demands on us; we can behave as we wish, and spend our money anyway we desire. We generally walk around with this vague feeling that because we are pretty good people and do some good deeds here and there, there is going to be a place for us reserved in a beautiful and peaceful resting place when we breathe that last breath.
Many choose not to accept the God of the Bible because they have suffered in their lives. We all struggle with understanding a God who permits the evil and harm and illness and natural disasters suffered by innocent people around the globe and in our neighborhoods. We are no different than our ancestors of thousands of years ago in struggling with these thoughts. However, God Himself promises through Scripture that when He will take care of us when we seek Him, and He will also punish those who do evil and oppose Him. Psalm 37 provides many contrasts about how God cares for His righteous followers or deals with His enemies.
Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Psalm 37:27-28
To have confidence in someone, or in God, we must get to know them. There is a way to know God, and it is found through sincere effort in studying the Word of God. Most of the people who reject God have never made a concentrated effort to know Him. Because we live in a flesh and blood world, taking on a spiritual objective like figuring out a spiritual God, is a daunting task.
God never allows us to have all the answers. He is after all, God! Although we are made in His image, we are worlds away from having His knowledge, power, and authority in heaven and on earth. When we need a god, it is good to be in an intimate relationship with the God who calls Himself the "Alpha and the Omega," the real, true God of the universe.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
The situation with my grandson has turned out well so far. He is wearing a big bandage on his hand and requiring some extra care while he heals, but I am so glad that my God, the real God, has invited me to approach His throne of mercy and grace whenever I need to come. I need to come everyday, multiple times. And I have confidence that He hears and answers my prayers.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
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