“I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth”
From “The Apostles’ Creed”
“Without faith 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.” Hebrews 11:6
What does it mean to “believe in God?” What must you believe about God? Why should you believe in God at all? Man has been wrestling with the concept of belief in God for thousands of years. The most brilliant minds from every side of the issue have argued for and against belief in God. We make it so complex with our human perspectives. But it really is simple: “God is who He says He is.” Belief in God is the very foundation of faith, in fact, it is the foundation of our lives.
The Apostles’ Creed makes it first bold statement of affirmation by saying “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.” Our intellectual world would stop us right here and argue against the existence of God. But a person of faith believes that He is. Our key verse declares that faith believes in the existence of God, and there are evidences all around to prove He does exist. God has revealed Himself through His creation. Romans 1:19-20 says “What may be known about God is plain to [men], because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made; so that men are without excuse.” The Psalmist David said “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands…Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1, 3). The world around us professes to the reality of God. This world was not created by some “cosmic accident” It was created by God, who also created man and He gave earth everything necessary to sustain life. God is “the Maker of Heaven and Earth.”
A person of faith knows and believes in God as both Creator and Father. He is exalted in Heaven, over all of His creation; yet He is a very intimate and personal Father.
The first mention in Scripture of anyone professing to believe in God was Abram – Genesis 15:6 says “Abram believed God and it was credited to Him as righteousness.” Abram (later renamed Abraham) believed in the existence of God, but He also believed God. His belief, his confidence was revealed by has obedient actions. But the first point of decision – to believe God or not believe Him – was exhibited in the Garden. For Adam and Eve, God’s very first created human beings, believing God was not a matter of “is He real or isn’t He?” – but “will we believe what He has said is true?” They walked with Him daily (Genesis 3:8), so His existence was never questioned. They knew He was real. Their crisis of belief came, not with a challenge to His reality, but with the serpent (the Devil) planting a seed of doubt – “Did God really…” (Genesis 1:1). When Satan cannot cause us to doubt the existence of God, he will cause us to doubt the heart of God. He has been using the same line to plant, cultivate, grow and harvest huge fields of doubt in the hearts and minds of men ever since.
By definition; believing is “to accept something as true, genuine or real; to have a firm conviction; to consider to be true or honest, to accept the word or evidence of.” (www.merriam-webster.com) Belief in God is not wishful thinking or just an opinion we hold to; belief in God is based on the actual evidences of His existence and of the truth of His Word. Belief in God is belief in His character of faithfulness and truth, belief in His power and goodness; it is belief that trusts and obeys.
I do believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. This is not just a rote statement I declare, it is the deepest conviction of my heart.
Do you believe in God?
God Almighty, You have made Yourself known through nature, Your Word, Your Son and Your Spirit. Please open our hearts that we may believe. Amen.