Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellow.” Hebrews 1:9
· Belief in God helps me understand David’s response when he saw the ark coming—that lowly symbol of The High God. He stripped off his tunic and “danced mightily before the Lord.”
Although I have never thrown aside a tunic and danced before an ark, I’m glad that action is not a mystery to me, nor foreign to my thinking. I’m glad the very presence of God strikes both a physical and a spiritual response within the depth of my soul.
I’m glad I understand weeping in His presence.
· I delight in the comprehension that even if I’m a “failure,” I’m still a valuable being.
I think often of the 11th chapter of Hebrews that tells extraordinary accounts of miracles and deliverance. Then—right in the middle of verse 35 –come these stunning words: “…and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others had trial of cruel mocking and scourging, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment;
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented: (of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”
Listen, though, to the concluding remarks. Verse 39 “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith…”
I’m glad I believe in God and His righteous judgments; that I understand His mind and Being to exceed human reasoning and value.
· I’m glad for the practical help I find in the Bible.
Markers are there, warnings and sound advice. Though we are generations removed from their origination, these ancient writings are fresh as frolicking lambs. Their instructions are relevant and, when followed, lead to enduring marriages, stable families and the development of upstanding citizens.
· The United States of America is commonly referred to as being founded on Judeo/Christian principles.
I’m glad I believe in God, His Word and His principles, and that I have seen them produce the finest country in the world.
· There is something within the human being that strikes an affinity for mysticsm, elevated feelings, and other-worldy feelings.
We are attracted to vision, dreams, and “impossible” happenings. Millions of people “shoot-up” with narcotics and inhale hallucinogens in order to feed that craving.
Not so with a Christian, for such a person is enveloped by a heavenly “high” and thus escapes the cravings and chains of alcohol and drug addictions. Serving God and investing deeply into Him satisfies that need. It is at once highly practical and wonderfully mysterious to be a child of God, not easily told, not fully understood. It’s of another world.
· I love the understanding that God chose me, that I’m now of a royal nation.
I’m glad I believe I’m set apart, love to think that God ordained my birth.
· I’m glad I believe in God because it has given me the opportunity to see people transformed.
Too many thousands of times to precisely chart, I have watched a man walk to a pulpit, and have seen the holy anointing envelope him to such degree that it was as though another person stood before me.
I’ve seen alcoholics and drug addicts delivered from cruel enslavement by the power of God. If I were a skeptic, I would be blinded to such things.
· I’m glad I cherish the physical book of God, the Bible. I’m glad for its comfort and familiarity.
Seemingly a mere volume of paper and paste, in truth, dwelling within the pages of The Holy Bible are the everlasting words of life.
· I’m glad I believe in God so that such discoveries as the Dead Sea Scrolls hold greatest significance for me.
These are exceedingly more than crumbling papers in clay pots. Archeological finds from Biblical lands take on great significance for me. I thrill in the understanding that they far exceed the mere sighting of fallen columns or a look at scattered pottery shards.
· I’m glad I understand my mission in life is to help spread the word of the only saving gospel—that of Jesus Christ.
I’m glad God called me into His work, glad He called my children, for it is the greatest life in the world. When my children were at home, I often reminded them; “Do you realize the greatest men that walk this earth sit on our couch and eat with you around our table, and often sleep in your bed?” And to another as he was now a pastor himself, and we had spent time talking of scripture and of God, “Do you understand how advantaged you are? You get paid to do this.”
I am an incredibly blessed woman…and I’m glad I believe in God.
There is a reason that every generation looks to an inky star-spangled heaven and hurls aloud the ancient questions: Why am I here? Is there a reason? Is there order? What is the plan?
I’m glad I believe in God and in His Holy Word, for within that belief I find the ultimate answer to life’s greatest questions…that of God, of eternity, and of purpose.
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