Without a relationship with God, the above thoughts and worse will take over our lives. The evil that is happening in the world is NOT because there is no God, or because God is really evil, it is happening because not enough people believe. It is happening because too many of us are trying to do it on our own. Too many of us are relying on others, often other non-believers, to do the right thing. We are either trying to be our own gods, or trying to rely on others we make into gods.
Walking with God combats evil, walking without Him invites it in. We are NOT strong enough to stand on our own and we were never created to be. God created us as His. He created us to walk this earth with Him by our side. The bible tells us this over and over again:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans” Psalm 118:9
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man; who draws strength from mere flesh who’s heart turns away from the Lord’.” Jeremiah 17:5
On our own….. well, on our own we get Ferguson, and Isis, and Nazi Germany, and Saul before he became Paul the Apostle…. mere men will never be able to do for you what God can do for you.
Friends, I am not the authority on any of this. I am such a flawed human being myself that I almost feel it laughable for me to say any of this to any of you. I struggle every single day to be quiet enough that I can hear God speaking to me, and I often don’t hear anything. I pray every single day to be used for HIS glory and not my own (those likes on Facebook can be a real minefield for seeking your own glory). To have the right intentions (i.e. GOD’S intentions) in every word I say and every move I make. To find the words that will inspire and bring people closer to Him; not to alienate and drive people away. I never want to sound pious or holier than thou, which is hard to do when it sounds like you are preaching.
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.
I know that if you aren’t there yet, you have unreconciled questions that you want answers to before you do something like recite and believe the above. You are wondering how we know Jesus was real. How do we know that the Bible isn’t just made up? Some say that all you have to do is recite a version of the above to be saved, while others say that it is through faith AND works that you are saved, what about that; which is true? These are all questions I have asked, as have many believers before they came around to the Lord. I would love to answer all those questions right here and now if that is what it would take to convince you, because my friend, time could be running out. God gives us grace in this life and this life only. As soon as this life is over for you, so is your chance to be redeemed. Do you know when that will be?
Unfortunately, I can’t answer all your questions right now. There are too many, and I am not an experienced enough Christian to do so without looking up a lot of information that I know exists, but can’t recite off the top of my head. What I hope happens is that you are intrigued enough to look up some of these things on their own. Or maybe you want to ask questions of other believers- why do they believe? What convinced them?
Whatever happens, I will pray for you. I will pray that Jesus finally finds a place in your heart. I will pray that more non-believers will finally wake up and realize that life is so much better when it includes God. Pain still exists, but it is nothing like it was before. Evil still exists because humans are still sinners, but it doesn’t control you the way it did before. There are answers to ALL your questions, if you are willing to search for them.
Whatever you do, stop relying on mere humans to fix what is broken in your life. They are in the same boat as you.