A key to readiness? Know God is real

What a simple but profound truth that needs to sink ever deeper into our hearts and minds: God is real.

He actually exists. And he is active, listening, and involved in our world.

It’s such a basic truth, but how different someone is when they actually start to believe this, and live with this in mind.

What happens when someone believes that God will listen and help them with whatever problem they’re facing?

What happens when someone believes that God sees and cares about how they treat their mom and dad, or about how they treat their wife.

What happens when someone believes that God will save and transform people if they hear and believe the news about Jesus.

What happens?

All kinds of amazing things spring out of this very simple faith. People actually pray. When we take God to be a real actor in our circumstances, He is.

When we talk someone who really believes all this, we can’t help but be affected and spurred on to love and trust God more. It’s like holding our feet in the warm current of a river. There’s something very right, pleasing, and powerful about this thing we call faith.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because whoever comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those that eagerly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

We have to truly believe and depend on him, as a real person and the biggest factor in our lives. We have to see and know that we need him, and have him, active and helping out, responding and moving things as we ask.

And if we’re with him in faith, we’re ready for anything.

“The secret of faith that is ready for emergencies is the quiet, practical dependence upon God day by day which makes Him real to the believing heart.” (Hudson Taylor)

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