I believe in a God who restores health and who inflicts pain.
I believe in a God who gives life and allows death.
I believe in a God who promises joy and assures us of sorrow.
I believe in a God who extends mercy and executes judgment.
I believe in a God of grace, and I believe in a God of war.
I believe in a God who hates sin but who loves sinners.
I believe in a God who rejects the unrepentant but forgives those who ask.
I believe in a God who is fearful and yet approachable.
I believe in a God who is sovereign.
I believe in a God who is Love.
I believe in a God whose ways are not my own.
And I believe in a God whose ways are better than my own.
I believe in God the Father; I believe in God the Son;
I believe in God the Holy Spirit; and I believe they are One.
I’ve wrestled with these different and seemingly contradictory attributes of God — uncertain of how I felt about a God who inflicts pain, a God who rejects the unrepentant yet good person, a God who forgives those sins I wouldn’t forgive — but I am certain that HIS sovereignty is good. As we study the Bible, we are faced with the questions: do we believe in this God and will we submit to Him? And after years of seeking Him and knowing Him, I testify that in all these things, He is good, and I say with confidence: I believe. Choosing to believe in Him and submit to Him…it changes everything.
Are there aspects of God that are hard for you to accept? How have you sought Him and yielded to Him in these questions?