Do You Believe?: Interview God

 

Do you believe in money? Magic? Love? Love at first sight? Do you believe in friendship? Loyalty? Destiny?

There are a plethora of things that you can relate to the question “Do you believe?” The reality is, believing, in anything, is a choice. You have an option to believe it, or not.

For instance, you’re best friend comes up to you and tells you about something they saw, something involving another friend or even a boyfriend/girlfriend. The question upon hearing the details they share is, do you believe them? Also, why?

Today I pose a question, do you believe?

The act of believing means accepting as true, have faith, to hold something, and to feel sure that someone is capable of.

Believing in God, in His purpose and Will for your life is an option. You don’t have to, and honestly, you shouldn’t without a reason. Now, us a Christians may not think that’s the most appropriate thing to say, especially if there are non believers hearing, listening, or in this case, reading. But it’s true. Would you tell your kid to believe in something, stand up for something, or fight for something that they didn’t believe? Of course not. However, the individual we are discussing at this point, if God. The definition we just looked at, this part being my favorite, says “to feel sure that someone is capable.” How do you feel sure that someone is capable?

Looking at the capability of someone is essentially what employers do in their interviews. These are the things they look for:

  • Credentials. Someone who is capable of something, should have proven this at some point before to be classified as capable. They would have the credentials to perform the task, and perform it well.
  • Character. A Capable person, especially on a job, has great character. The character of this individual will be in line with the morals and standards that the company is looking for.
  • Ability. If the credentials are not there, many employers look at an individuals ability to perform the functions required for the position in which that person is applying. Based on the credentials they do have, do they have the ability, or potential, to fulfill this role to their greatest capacity, and meet company expectations.

So is God capable enough for you to believe in? Let’s “interview”:

  • Credentials. Throughout 66 books of the Bible, God has won wars, mended families, healed sickness, delivered from bondage, forgiven sins, performed miracles, blessed beyond measure, and a plethora of other things as well. Just about any page you turn to in the Bible will back that up. There are also any number of people who are not confined to the pages of the Bible that can attest to a miracle, sign, wonder, or change that has taken place in their life and attribute it to God. Credentials, check.
  • Character. Throughout 66 books, God’s character is portrayed. From His Holy anger and jealousy, to His love, tenderness, mercy, to His resilience for His people. There is not a time that He can be claimed as fraud, inauthentic, two-faced, or evil. Character, check.
  • Ability. While the Bible may not specifically depict the very situation you are dealing with, down to a tee, the credentials based on other scenarios with similar characteristics, and even dissimilar ones, along with His character can attest that He is able to do ANYTHING, that is of Him. Ability, check.

So, you’ve read your Bible, you’ve seen the evidence, read the resume, now you believe God, what does that mean? Did you know your believe affects the lives of people close to you and strangers alike?

Travis Thrasher has written this book, Do You Believe. While it is a fictional book, it is Christian based. The books takes us on a winding journey among the lives of a dozen or so people, who don’t all know each other personally but are linked in some way or another. Some believers, some not. The story is amazing and captures the attention of the reads by mingling all these people together before, during, and after a tragic event that brings God into the lives of them all in one way or another.

You can find a copy of this book here Do You Believe: A Novel .

This book was also made into a motion picture for my friends who are not big into reading, you can find the movie here: Do You Believe: The Movie.

 

I encourage you to ask yourselves today, Do you believe? In God? Why or why not? and Can you strengthen your believes by reading more into God’s resume?

Read Review: “The Shack”

If I ran (or did any form of exercise for that matter) as much as I read, I would be the most fit person in the world. But, I hate running. And I LOVE reading! I have a bit of a nerd obsession that just puts me in a happy place when I sit on my sofa with a cup of tea or coffee with a great book!

For those of you who HATE spending your hard earned money on books that don’t seem to grasp your attention, or that just weren’t what you thought they were, grab a snack and a glass of water, because this evening I will review Paul Young’s “The Shack“.

The Shack is the first fictional book that actually took me on a journey that gave me perspective into my own spiritual life. For starters, from my understanding, the book is a fiction work, but it is extremely creative. It essentially covers one man’s weekend, that took him on his own spiritual journey. The main character of the story has lost his faith, actually I would say he threw it away, and gets the opportunity to encounter a special weekend with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the weekend, he finds himself in a place, the shack, where the last few pieces of evidence were found of his youngest daughter. At this shack, he encounters the Trinity of God. For Christians, this may sound like a typical experience given the circumstances and his grave lack of faith, but it is the way the characters are portrayed that truly open the mind and imagination. The book doesn’t stick to the typical descriptions concerning appearance as we are taught to believe about the way God or Jesus looks. The characters are portrayed in ways, I personally, have NEVER thought to look at them. While I will say I don’t exactly view them this way now, I do focus less on what I think they look like and more so on the character that is each part of the Trinity.

In the book, God is portrayed as an African American woman, Jesus is a Middle Eastern Carpenter, and the Holy Spirit is a petite Asian woman. (I’m sure most imaginations don’t dream these images up when they think of the Holy Trinity.) The purpose of the book, outside of entertainment, I believe, isn’t to change your view of God, just your perspective. That’s what it did for me anyway.

After reading this book, and even after the plot began to unfold, I found that I had long since been putting God into a box that He didn’t belong in. My perspective was opened to the endless possibilities that are God. Adjusting something as simple, and common, as physical appearance can change the way of thinking about a whole person and that is what it did for me!

It did take a chapter or two for everything to be laid out with background (which can sometimes be my least favorite part), but the story was compelling and really encouraged me to take God out of the box I had put him in!

I believe this is a great read, and a great addition to the library, you can get a copy of the book on amazon via the link below (less than $10). If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to the Email newsletter and always get updates on when I post new content! I hope it has helped you and encouraged your reading goals.

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity