Otsego United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where Jesus' Love is Lived!
SOME THINGS ARE BETTER EXPERIENCED THAN EXPLAINED”
By: Rev. Dan Minor
“In the beginning God …” Genesis l: 1
Let us begin with our belief in God. Who can explain it? When I attended Graduate School (Seminary) I learned many so-called proofs for the existence of God. Yet I believed in God long before I went to seminary.
I cannot explain air, but I breathe it. I cannot explain electricity, but I use it. I cannot explain the properties of water, but I drink it.
The Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. The Bible assumes the existence of God. In the very first verse of the Bible we read, “In the beginning God …” (Genesis l: 1). In other words, God does not depend on our reasons in order for us to believe in Him.
Persons experience God in a variety of ways. This was true of many of the Bible characters. Some of us, like Apostle Paul, have a dramatic and emotional experience. Others cannot name the time or place but, like Timothy, experience salvation as steady growth. Some, like Zacchaeus, experience spiritual rebirth by a quiet decision. The important thing is that we believe.
To say “I believe in God” means more than intellectual assent. It means to repent of our sins, trust Him for salvation and commit our lives to His will.
In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It is also true that faith is something we experience but cannot fully explain.
Some years ago a Russian dancer, by the name of Anna Pavlova, was asked what was meant by a certain dance she performed. She replied, “If it could be said in words, there would be no need to dance it.” It is true that some experiences are too big for words.
Dear Lord, may my experience with you be a living testimony of your faithfulness and love. Amen