John 3.16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
I left my weekly, Bible-Study breakfast this morning about 8:30. One of the other weekly participants in this study was walking beside me when he asked me: What is the thing you find hardest to believe in the Bible? It was a natural question growing out of what today’s speaker had shared. The speaker, was recently invited to Oxford University to participatein a colloquy on the compatibility of religion and science. A great topic. In the process, how we are to understand things like creation, and the age of the universe etc., arose, as you might expect. I failed to see the real question I was asked. His being taken aback at my statement told me it was unexpected. My response? The thing I find hardest to believe in the Bible, is that God loves me. The more I study and confront His holiness, and the more I learn of the depths of sin in my own heart, the more amazing His love is to me. He nodded in agreement and then helped me see he was thinking more in terms of which miracles seem so incredible that they might be hard to take in without question. And we talked a bit about that. Then, as I drove away, I thought about how odd my answer must have sounded to him. How out of step it probably is with much of today’s mainstream Christianity, or the World in general. But since my friend and I had to part before we could explore these notions deeper, I will ask you today reader – what is the thing you find most difficult to believe in the Bible? Why? What makes it hard to believe? Is it fear men have somehow corrupted it? Does it cut across the grain of how you might like things to be? Is it just too wonderful to be received without question? What? And when you find it – I would suggest some timein prayer to lay it before Him, and to ask Him to enlarge your heart and mind so that you might drink in His truth unfiltered by human limitations, and sweetly fermented by the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit to see and know God greater, higher, more glorious and more transcendent than you had ever imagined. He is a great God.