There are two groups of people we admire, respect and honor: A person of conviction and the person who authentically and humbly acknowledges what that do not (and cannot) know. I read about the latter person this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…
“As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything!”
How the life of a brand new baby begins in the womb is beyond me! Oh I can explain the biological process… what I don’t understand is the genius of the creation of life itself – mere tissue, bone, muscle and then LIFE! I admit it… it’s a mystery – a miracle – it’s beyond me! And the second thing mentioned is in the same category… “and in the same way you do not know the work of God who makes everything!” There’s a word to describe that one… “ineffable” – beyond description or understanding. I mean figure this one out… “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” – the entire universe “ex nihilo” (out of nothing)! (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)!
The second thing that is very attractive to us though, is the person with convictions! And on that score I’ve got some! It would take a while to name them all, but for me they’re anchored in the teaching of the Bible…
On one of them, I’m with the ancient patriarch Job… “I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another!” (Job 19:25-27)
Here’s another one I believe… I believe “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, the He was raise on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” And I believe that belief results in God forgiving my sin and granting me salvation! (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
So here’s the deal… There are many things I don’t know and cannot comprehend! But there are some things I do know by faith – and I do believe with conviction! And it is those things that have transformed my life and made it worth living!