I just read a thread on 2Peas about not believing in God. It absolutely amazes me how many people don't believe there is a God at all. I wondered what could possibly make them understand that God is really there and he loves them so much. So I asked myself, how do I KNOW that God is real? I realized that all through my life, I have seen His hand working in my life, I have heard His voice and I have felt His presence. Not concrete enough? Here are some examples:
- One day on my way home from work, I got in my brand new car and drove to a busy intersection. On the way down the street, I kept feeling a nagging sense that I should put my seatbelt on. Finally, I heard a voice say, "Tracie, you better put your seatbelt on, you might have a wreck." I didn't even realize it at the time because I thought it was just in my head but it was an audible voice that I heard with my entire being, not my ear. It was SO LOUD. I immediately put my seat belt on, came to a stop, pulled out into traffic and had a head-on collision that did $12,000 worth of damage to my car. If not for my seat belt, I would have flown thru the window, onto the pavement. God absolutely saved my life. When I woke up from hitting my head, a song was playing in my car. The impact of the crash had knocked the tape in my tape deck into the deck and it was playing. The song said something about angels all around me. After the wreck, I got everything out of my car (days later) and got the tape. I listened to every song and there wasn't a song about angels AT ALL. I will never forget that day, the moments I described or how God saved me.
- When I was young I had infitigo, a form of strep throat that causes blisters all over your body. I had a dangerously high fever and was in need of a Dr. My Mother called upon Jesus and prayed and my fever came down and I was fine after a little while. I have had so many prayers answered. Too many to recount.
The best evidence I can find is the presence of God that I feel on a daily basis when I begin to praise Him. God created us to worship Him. By singing praises TO Him (rather than about Him), we can draw closer to God. Psalm 100:4 says that we enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Psalms 22:3 says he that He inhabits the praises of His people so when I start to pray, I start by praising. When I begin to sing to the Lord, He absolutely fills me up with His love and I begin to weep and feel abounding peace and love from Him. Whether I'm having a good or bad day, I can begin to praise Him and I immediately feel His presence.
If you believe in Jesus (and I hope you do), how do YOU know he's real? I'd love to hear! Maybe we can encourage someone today.