How Do You Know?

My devotions took me to Exodus today, and I noticed this little snippet from God’s words to Pharaoh:

“Thus says the Lord, ‘By this you shall know that I am the Lord…'” – Exodus 7:17a

While Pharaoh got smacked in the face by God’s power and presence, we normally have to look a little more closely to know that He is the Lord.

How Do You KNOW God Is Real?

As I think about this, I can list quite a number of reasons and stories. I know God is real because…

  • I had early experiences that brought me close to Him
  • I’ve never regretted following God, even when the instructions didn’t make sense
  • Life is way more interesting following God than following my own whims
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – that many coincidences add up
  • I have faith…that means believing in something that can’t be conclusively proven

Let me tell you just one of my early experiences, and maybe it will remind you of some of your reasons forKNOWING God is real.

My grandfather had polio and was bound to a wheelchair for most of his life. As a result, he died before I was school-age. As my family was getting ready for the funeral, I suddenly told my mother, “In heaven, Gramps can walk.” I find it interesting that it was a statement, not a question.

I see that as one of my earliest God-sightings. God could use a tiny little boy to comfort a room full of adults by giving him certainty.

I could write story after story like that – moments when God showed up and did just the right thing at just the right time. What are some of your God-sightings? Why do you believe it was God?

1 Peter 3:15 says…

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

Someone asks you, “How do you KNOW God is real?” How do you respond?