This post is the fifth in the series Whatever happened to Our Backbones?
I had intended that this would to be the last in the series, a post on how to transform our beliefs into action. However, as I shared yesterday this series has encouraged me too to take time to think about what I believe and why, something that I know I should do on a regular basis. Unless we have confidence in our beliefs and hold them deep within our hearts they will never transform our lives.
This morning I continued to reflect on the first statement of the Nicene creed:
We believe in one God, the Father the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
Why do I trust in God? What about God inspires my allegiance? Obviously it is hard to sum this up in one short post but I wrote this prayer/poem this morning in response to this question.
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
Lover of justice, giver of life, creator of all things.
I trust in the One who is righteous and holy.
I believe his unfailing love continues forever.
I believe his faithfulness never lets go.
I believe his mercy and grace extend through all eternity.
I bow in worship and shout for joy.
I enter his presence with thanks and praise,
This God is my God and there is no other.
Above all else knowing that God is a God of love holds me secure in my faith. When I do not understand what is happening that is what gives me strength. When my heart aches for those who suffer this is what encourages me to respond. When I feel overwhelmed by life, this is what comforts and supports me.
I am currently reading Matt Woodley’s commentary The Gospel of Matthew, God with Us. In his comments on the first chapter of Matthew he says: Behind the mess and unpredictability of the human story, God is weaving another story, a story of harmony and redemption. That belief too, is central to my faith. It the prime motivator for my way of life. God Almighty, the God of love who is supreme over all creation is weaving a story of harmony and redemption in our world and asks us to be a part of it.
What is the central aspect of God’s character that strengthens your faith? I would love to hear your reflections on this too.