I have never seen God with my eyes. But I’ve seen His work countless times in my life and in the lives of others.
He has redeemed my life, pulling me from a pit so dark and dirty that it’s a wonder I ever felt comfortable there. He’s restored my marriage which was, for all intents and purposes, on divorce’s doorstep. He healed me of a life-threatening disease right before my eyes.
Yes, I have seen His work.
I’ve witnessed a friend stand during a storm so strong that only divine participation kept her standing. I’ve seen a bitter, angry women begin to forgive and rebuild her relationships. I’ve seen someone so broken and in bondage by the depths of their own sin accept Christ and experience freedom for the first time in their life.
Oh yes… God is alive and active as much today as He was in the Old Testament times.
Why then, in spite of all I have seen with my eyes and lived in my life do I use the phrase… “then again?” Why, knowing the powerful God I serve, do I still try to do things my way? I’d be willing to bet we’re in the same boat here.
When we exercise our “then again” mentality, aren’t we doubting God’s ability?
- I know God will provide for us, but “then again” maybe I should go ahead and take that job because we have bills to pay.
- I know God can deliver me from the illness, but “then again” He does have a lot going on and has bigger issues to deal with.
- I know I should wait on the Lord for an answer, but “then again” I think I know what’s best for me here.
We have proof of His power, don’t we? But, when we act like “then again” Christians, our actions are not pointing towards that belief. I wonder if we simply don’t trust Him… we don’t take Him at His word.
Here is my challenge for you. Journal about the times God showed up in your life. Write them all down. Date it. File it where you can find it later. By doing this, when you’re tempted to not trust Him you will have the ability to go back and see all the miraculous wonders and signs He has performed in your life.
Maybe His abilities will earn a second thought in your mind and you will change from being a “then again” Christian to a “Remember When” Christian.