Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finding God in everything


How would you be able to find God in the midst of suffering, injustice, hatred, and violence; in a becoming more corrupt, chaotic, and cruel world that you are in right now? You turn on the TV or surf for news on the net and you’ll find out how these bad and, sometimes, horrible things becoming just a part of the daily life. Lots of people nowadays are getting more selfish, materialistic, and indifferent toward their fellow human beings. It seems like, for some reasons, these people have found a way to ignore the existence God.

I remember a classmate of mine way back in college telling me that “God is dead.” He was probably quoting from the late German philosopher Fredrich Nietszche, one of the advocates of existentialism philosophy. “You might be kidding,” I said. “No, I mean what I said,” he insisted. I tried to refute about his claim by using what may be just a simple twist of logic. “Your claim is weak,” I told him. “Elaborate your answer,” he said. “Your claim is weak in a sense that, from what you have said about God being dead, he existed. But only he was dead,” I explained. What followed was a heated exchange of arguments which has caught the attention of our fellow classmates who have chosen sides between us to whom they would cheer upon. Knowing it would be pointless to argue with a guy willing to play villain just so he could make fun out of it, I let someone in to debate on my behalf.

Finding God in trying situations and in the dark corners of the world is not an easy task. It requires faith, and as, in itself, a test of such a faith as well. When all else failed to suggest the existence of God, it is your faith that will make a difference. Find God first in yourself, and you'll be able to find him everywhere you go.

Life has a lot to bring your faith to the test and the world will not always go by your side. But “these trials,” as what 1 Peter 1:7 in the Holy Bible states, “have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  

Faith, like a seed, must be sown and nurtured so it will grow into a tree. It is one of the hardest of things to possess by anyone but also the most important. For without it, as what the Holy Bible said in Hebrews 11:6: “it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

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