As we all start to deflate from the holiday excitement… many of us will be turning to making New Year’s resolutions, starting over, turning a new leaf, hitting the reset button, or just plain ‘puttin’ it all behind us’.
If you are looking for some direction in the post-Christmas weeks and months… give God a try. One of the great promises God makes to the world is that God WILL work in our lives if we get serious about finding God: “…whoever would approach God must believe that God exists and that God rewards those who seek God.” (Hebrews 11:6)
It may not be easy to reach out to God… especially if you aren’t really sure if you believe in God, or care about religion, or follow Christianity. All I can say is “doubt happens”… that’s ok, but there is another side to doubting: discovery.
You see… no one can really doubt forever. At some point we have to move towards faith or disbelief. At some point we have to risk taking a stand and ‘betting our life’ on one side or the other. And the thing that moves us from the fence-sitting of doubt to the real-time commitment of faith or disbelief is ‘discovery’ through direct personal experience.
If you are in a place of doubt these days, I invite you to “seek God” in this very simple way: take time each day to ask God (in a moment of silence or prayer or meditation) to work in your life. Ask God to make God’s presence known to you. Don’t just ask for specific things (God is not a vending machine!) but let God choose how to work in your life and how to show you God is working. God promises to make God’s self known to those who seek and ask. In this process we discover God in our everyday life and experience… and move towards faith (not disbelief):
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)