READ : Luke 15:11-24
Although, as we discussed earlier this month, most people say they believe in a God, a growing number are confused with regard to God’s character and what He is like. Recently, a number of young people were asked the question, “Do you believe in God?” Their answers appeared in a recent issue of Parade magazine. Here are some of the responses. One said, “God’s God. You can’t explain what God looks like or who He is. You just have to believe in Him.” Another said, “I’ve been raised a Mormon. But I don’t know if I believe in God. I believe I can still be a good person even if I don’t believe in God.” One other teenager commented, “I do not believe in God. I used to be very religious until I went through a very difficult time. When God was supposed to be there, I felt nothing. I now see God as an excuse for things that people cannot define or explain….”
What our church has said for centuries proves true once again: general revelation is not enough. People need the special revelation of the Scriptures to understand who God is and believe in Him. As long as the Bible remains an unread book, God will not be known as the loving, compassionate Father of the parable of the Prodigal Son. God is forgiving, faithful and patient and just can’t wait for His wandering children to come home.
Father, thank You for Your Word which tells us who You are and how much You love us. In Your Son’s Name. Amen.