I Believe in God

John Tousley

Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (v. 4)

What is the essential Christian belief about God? Christians believe there is one God. Moses taught the Israelites, wanting them to hear “our God . . . is one” (Deut. 6:4). Christians believe that this one God exists in three persons. Jesus, after his crucifixion and resurrection, met with his disciples and told them to “make disciples of all nations.” He spoke to them of God, in terms of Trinitarian truth, as “the Father,” “the Son” (Jesus himself, with us always, to the end of the age), and “the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19-20).

Mr. Mullins was a leukemia patient who believed in God, even through painful days. Enduring needle pokes, chemo, and raging fevers, most people would have given way to what Mr. Mullins called “shaky faith.” But his faith remained solidly grounded on the Rock. From his hospital bed, he would look up with wide eyes and affirm, “My God is a great big God! He’s so good to me!”

The living and comforting presence of God could actually be felt by visitors to his hospital room, as he kept thanking the Lord. Mr. Mullins bravely believed what the Israelite people learned at the Red Sea crossing and as they crossed over the Jordan and into the promised homeland: “My God can make a way where there is no way!” Through intense suffering, he continued to say, “I believe in God.” —John Tousley

Prayer: Help me to keep on trusting in you, triune God, even through days of suffering.