A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “The God Who Is”
It’s the fool’s perspective to deny that God exists. Read Psalm 14 and reflect on David’s words. Consider how bleak it must be for atheists and agnostics to face day after meaningless day. They have no one to express gratitude to, no one to turn to in prayer, no hope for dealing with the messes they have made in their lives, much less for eternal life.
The first step toward salvation is to admit there is a Creator. It’s not just natural selection throughout the eons and survival of the fittest that got us here. The good news of the gospel is that God loves the weakest and the least fit.
In his spiritual autobiography Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis described how God encountered him: “You must picture me alone…night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” *
If you grew up believing God exists as I did, you likely have not thanked Him very often that He simply IS. If you grew up doubting God, you understand the sheer goodness of His existence. A generation ago, philosopher and theologian Francis Schaeffer wrote a significant work titled The God Who Is There. As you think about the gospel of Jesus today, thank God that He is there.
Pause and Reflect
• Recall a time in your life in which you had to admit that God was God. What were the circumstances?
• What acquaintance could you encourage today with the good news that God is?
• How would you explain that accepting God’s existence is a prerequisite to believing the gospel?
* C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, in The Essential C. S. Lewis, ed. Lyle W. Dorsett (New York: Touchstone, 1988), 50.