Bible Study: Does God exist?
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
Bible Passage: Psalm 19:1-10
-- What part of nature generates a sense of awe in you and points you to God?
-- How have you found the Bible to be trustworthy?
-- What do you consider the strongest evidence for the existence of God?
Food for Thought:
Who first taught you about God? Many of us learned about God at home; our families talked openly about God. For others, we had a friend who pointed us to Christ. But even those who haven't had such experiences still can have an awareness of and knowledge of God. The Book of Psalms shows us the ways God has revealed Himself to us.
In Psalm 19, the author King David worshiped God for revealing His existence in the created, observable world. "The heavens declare the glory of God and the expanse proclaims the work of His hands" (v. 1). God's declaration is not periodic or occasional; it continues nonstop. Speaking of God's creation David said, "Day after day they pour out speech" (v. 2). It's like coming late to a worship service. You enter the room and hear worship already in progress. David continually saw the worship of God in the world around him.
In verses 7-9, the psalmist zeroed in on the works of God as seen in His truth, justice, instruction and redemption. We know of these things because He has revealed them through Scripture, the divinely inspired Word of God. And that Word is trustworthy! The psalmist's statement, "all His instructions are trustworthy" (v. 7), is a confession of trust and respect for God's Word and its application to life.
Numerous books tout wisdom, yet the Bible says wisdom begins with "the fear of the LORD" (Psalm 111:10). And this God-fearing wisdom shows us that right living is defined by a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That relationship changes everything. We not only can know God exists, but we can know God, walk with Him and live our lives grounded in His wisdom.
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