Certainty of God's Existence

In the midst of sore trials, Job's deep desire to find God found expression in his cry (Job 23:3), "Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!" In hours of grave woe humanity realizes its need of seeking God and echoes this poignant longing. The certainty that God exists and is available brings comfort and hope. Job's further words (verse 8), "Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him," indicate the fruitlessness of any quest after God through the channels of material sense.

The writer, while studying for the ministry many years ago, felt the need of an experience which would prove to him without doubt that a good and kind God exists, and is available. To be sure, there are many claiming to have a firm faith in God, but to prove it they must make Him available to men in their time of need and trouble. James says (James 2:19, 20):"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" The writer could not consent to be called a "minister" without having that certain faith without which "it is impossible to please" God, as it says in (11:6). How else could atheism and agnosticism be effectually combated?

March 1, 1947

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