3:16 – Believe.

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My littlest little person woke me up last night for a drink. On my way, I checked the time. It was 3:16am. It reminded me of:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” John 3:16-17

I’ve always believed in God. That he is real. I do have questions though. Lots of them! But when my eldest little person was born, my eyes were opened. Truly opened. That a little human being can be so perfectly made. Able to breathe without being first taught, and move, and cry, and feed. Absolutely amazing.

A miracle.

There are miracles all around that we take for granted. For instance, take the humble caterpillar. A couple months ago we discovered several little caterpillars feasting on our chocolate mint plant. You had to look so closely to see them. Snacking to prepare for their transformation to butterflies.

Miracle.

When my eldest little person was born, I just could not understand how people do not believe that God exists. God tells Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5;

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”

He formed you too.

He knows you too.

So why do people not believe that God exists after experiencing a miracle that only God can give?

The answer: Free will.

We have all experienced free will. Exercised free will. This is how I think it works with God too. He’s not going to force anyone to do what they don’t want to do. He’s given us free will. But he’s waiting for us. To come sit with him and be present. To talk to him about our day. To care for, and love others. To show him to others.

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth”

– 1 John 3:16

I’d love to know, when and how were your eyes opened?

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15 thoughts on “3:16 – Believe.

  1. I’m so grateful for God’s love, forgiveness, and grace (among a whole lot of other things). Recently, I struggled with panic and stress. In the moment of it, I realized that God already went before me and took care of it. A year ago I would’ve still been battling in the moment with doubt, stress, and frustration. God is good!

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  2. I have been a believer in God since I was a child. I was raised that way. My eyes opened more when I had an unexpected aortic aneurysm that was found early enough for surgery and God brought me through. I know he is real!

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  3. Free will is part of it. But I think people reject the idea of a Creator because to admit that a Creator exists is to submit to a higher authority. You then become accountable for not only your deeds, but your words. Most people do not want to answer to anyone or anything which questions their own self-righteousness or their own sense of morality. “I think I am a good person,therefore I am good”. After all, everything is grey,there is no black and white, right or wrong, good or evil in our modern ‘relative’ society.

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  4. I believe believe I have seen God’s mercy in my lie, which is why I write a blog. But, unbelief is not a bad thing. It is in questions that we find answers. I was 9 years old when a light shined on me in church, and I just knew God was real. But, when I called out when I was being killed and immediately the guy let me go, I knew that I was not alone. Ever. We all must find our way to Him, and sometimes it is hard, especially in a world filled with hate and violence. But my confident hope is a God that I feel, even though I cannot see Him. It is in answered prayers and miraculous moments that I just Know He is real. May God bless your richly and allow His presence to be felt.

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  5. I was going through a bad phase in life and I was very upset with life and everything. I was complaining to god (I knew he existed just didn’t had any experience personally) I was complaining that I don’t have anybody , suddenly I heard a voice from inside me , I still remember the voice, it said “don’t I love you” that was all he said. I have never heard God’s voice before but after that incident god is always there with me and I can always sense his presence around me. He loves me always and forever more than his life.

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