I’m stealing a moment from cinnamon rolls, wrapping paper schrapnel, and family time to answer a question that one of my favorite college friends tweeted out a few weeks ago:
“My fellow bloggers — have you ever written a post about WHY you believe in God? I would love to read it.”
I couldn’t think of a better day to write a post about why I believe in God than on Christmas because today is one of my favorite days to celebrate my beliefs
Today is the day that I remember that 2000 years ago, God answered the pleas of His creation who had suffered, struggled, and waited for a Messiah who would save them.
Today is the day that I remember that God sent his Son to be with His Creation, to live like them, teach them, be an example to them, and ultimately sacrifice for them.
Today is the day that I remember that God is a present and personal God, not a distant and dictator deity.
Today is the day that I remember that my God is a God who is in the business of redeeming stories.
Today is the day that I celebrate the greatest rescue story of all time.
I believe in God because He left heaven to come be with us. God with us, Immanuel. God is a deity that comes to earth to be present with those who suffer, those who are outcast, those who are imperfect. God is a humble deity who chooses to come and be born in a barn, be raised by a normal family, and work a normal job until he turns 30. The God that I believe in isn’t conventional, isn’t distant, isn’t on a power trip. The God that I believe in gave up everything to rescue unworthy, unloveable, broken people.
The God that I believe in gave up everything to rescue unworthy, unloveable, broken me.
And He continues to rescue me daily.
I haven’t found another deity that is as loving, kind, gentle, and humble as Immanuel, the God that is with us.
The world is full of devastation, conflict, sadness, and hate. I can’t imagine life without a deep knowledge of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Today, I am deeply grateful for Jesus, and what his coming entails.
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”