Saturday - July 9, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
MAIN IDEA: “How strong is your faith?”
A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not. Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this knowledge, he asked the boy why he was so happy.
"Hey" asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, "Don't you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle."
The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the "realities" of the miracles of the Bible. "That can all be very easily explained. Modern science has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across."
The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible lying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed excitement.
"Wow!" exclaimed the boy happily, "God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!"
Do you have the faith to stand up and defend Gods word under all worldly challenges? Sometimes as we age we think we get wiser but the possibility is always there that you are not wiser but weaker. We clutter up our minds with so many things that simple truths seem to be lacking evidence. Our faith is challenged. The simple belief that Gods word was inspired by His great power and written exactly how He wanted it must be believed. Then our faith in these truths becomes the evidence needed to have assurance to stand up and please God with your faith and knowledge.
APPLICATION: Is your faith strong enough? Are you prepared to defend Gods word?