Faith in Jesus makes good sense

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.” Luke 1:1-4 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Faith in Jesus makes good sense”
 
In our study of learning to live by faith, I have begun by establishing a foundation for why we should have faith at all. So far, we’ve learned that God created us with an inborn awareness that He is real and He created us with a desire to know Him. And we have learned that the creation itself provides abundant proof for a Creator. Those two proofs by themselves are more than enough for any person to know there is a God.
 
But then God goes even further in His efforts to reach out to us and to convince us that He is real and that we must place our faith in His Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. In addition to creating us with a sense of yearning for Him; and in addition to revealing Himself in profound and convincing ways in every aspect of His creation; God has also provided us with a convincing case for faith based on logic and reasoning.
 
Yes, faith in God makes perfect sense from a intellectual perspective too. We see that in the opening of Luke’s Gospel. Luke was a physician. He was a man of science. He was a thoughtful intellectual who investigated things in order to understand them and to know what is true about them and what is not. That’s the approach Luke took to investigating Jesus and to constructing the story he wrote about Him, and that’s the investigative approach Lee Strobel took when he researched and wrote his bestselling book “The Case for Faith”.
 
There’s actually such a good and strong case for faith in God that although God hasn’t actually unzipped the sky, poked His face through and said “hello”, He has stopped just short of doing that. When Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is a matter of believing in things we cannot see or actually prove, that’s true – but it’s just barely true. God has constructed for us such a strong case for faith in Him that the “leap of faith” that is so often talked about, really isn’t much of a leap at all. It’s more like a short step from one side to the other.
 
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you more about Lee’s excellent book and the strong case that can be made for faith based on logic and reasoning. For today, I encourage you to spend some time prayerfully thinking about what great lengths God has gone to prove Himself to you.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
 
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