Many Christians (especially young believers) struggle with believing that God is involved in their lives. Christianity is all about a loving, personal God—but is there any evidence for that?
There seem to be two main paths that lead thoughtful Christians to question this:
The experiential route. This is when you honestly assess your life and have a hard time believing that God is personally involved. Sometimes your prayers get answered, sometimes not. Sometimes good things happen, sometimes not. It all seems like normal, natural, chance stuff. So where’s God in all this?
The academic route. This is when you study subjects like biology, anthropology, and history and notice that naturalism can arguably account for everything. The stars, the planets, and even us humans can be explained through a natural, mostly well-understood process. So again, where is God in all this?
Why isn’t God more involved in our lives?
Is there even a supernatural realm?
These are crucial questions to honestly ponder.
I don’t have a grand solution that solves this, but I would like to share something that’s been helpful for me as I grapple with these questions.
Consider these three (seemingly random) Bible passages:
You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. | Job 10:11
[God] changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. | Daniel 2:21
Your Father who is in heaven … makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. | Matthew 5:45
What do these passages have in common?
If you look closely, you’ll notice they all attribute very normal, natural events to the will of God.
- The conception and development of a baby in a mother’s womb.
- The changing of seasons and political rulers.
- The rising sun and various weather patterns.
These are all natural events, are they not? They are all common, well-understood, and non-miraculous.
Yet the biblical writers looked at those ordinary things and saw God’s hand in them. Job, Daniel, and even Jesus recognized that God often works through non-supernatural things. They witnessed the same types of things you and I experience and recognized God at work.
Here’s what that means for you:
Just because you don’t see miraculous, inexplicable things happen in your life doesn’t mean God isn’t real.
God chooses to use natural processes to accomplish His will in our lives.
Yes, it is possible to shrug everything off as random, chance happenings (Ecclesiastes 9:11). It is possible to say there is no spiritual dimension. It is possible to look at your life and say God is not at work.
But those three passages above show that Job, Daniel, and Jesus saw through the time and chance, saw through the ordinary stuff of life, and saw God behind it all.