Pastor Rocky "Just sayin'



This sounds so funny. God exists!  There is a tendency for many to simply assume that this is true since they think it is true.  Many people think of a supernatural being that creates stuff, supplies things and tolerates much.  Many people mistakenly believe that thinking there is a supernatural being is sufficient to coming to God.  Apparently the God of Scripture thinks otherwise.  Hebrews 11:6 reads, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Anyone who comes to God must believe that God exists.”  Thinking there is a God is not the same as coming to God.  Apparently, the God of Scripture is more into a relationship with a person like you than He is about whether you think he is around. Most people would read this verse and assume that it is simply a proclamation that God exists.  However, it appears to be an invitation, a conditional invitation beyond what one things, it is an invitation to anyone who comes to God.  Anyone can think God exists but not everyone has come to God.  “Anyone who comes to God” is a significant phrase in this passage. 

As part of the 8 Choices before us this summer regarding the opportunity to overcome and cope with the consequences of our hurts, habits and hang-ups, we find the 2nd Choice, The HOPE Choice. To recover, restart and resource The HOPE Choice in summary, “I earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.”  Though this statement is pretty “I or me” focused, it can only transform your life if it is personal.  It starts with your response; otherwise you are alienated from living or experiencing firsthand what it means to come to God.

Hebrews 11:6 says there is another thing which one that comes to God must believe: “… and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  This too is part of the conditional invitation to come to God. In other words, God changes you. God changing you is the reward; plus a whole lot of promises which are too numerous to put in this manuscript.

I think about a lot of things in my wandering mind.  I think about medieval days.  I think about life in Alaska.  I think about people in Ukraine.  Just because I think of about these things and I think they exist, does not mean I believe in them. To believe in them I would need to have a relationship with them and I have never lived in medieval days, or gone to Alaska or related to people in Ukraine.  Why?  It is because I have never “come” to any of these examples.  However, I do believe in God because I have come to him.  Stop thinking about God and come to Him if you believe He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him!