Does this make sense?
A buddy was sharing with me the other day about an idea he had that was a little quirky, but valid. He spoke at length from his heart and then asked, “Does that make sense?” I assured him it did. Though I was not sure I agreed with his conclusion I could certainly follow his reasoning and see how and why he had come to the position he now described.
A few days passed and I found myself in conversation with another friend. He was describing how he planned to make adjustments to his tool shed partly by enlarging it and partly by repurposing some of its existing elements. When he was done he looked at me and asked, “Does that make sense?”
I began to notice the phrase popping up again and again. Perhaps in these uncertain times we have begun doubting other things as well… even our own selves and ideas. We seek assurances and ask “Does that make sense?”
Assurances, guarantees, affirmations… some sign or indication that what one believes to be true is truly true indeed, truly worthy of the faith one has placed in it.
Jesus’ disciples sought assurances too. Thomas once asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” Then Philip added, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
But Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…. Believe me… or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (See John 14:6-11).
This is what living by faith is. We choose what it is we will trust: our own selves, or the Creator and sustainer of all things. As we trust Him He shows Himself trustworthy. He said “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” (John 7:17). His Creation also shouts that He is True:
“…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 people are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20)
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command…” (Heb. 11:3).
Ultimately the choice is simple, as Peter summarized “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69).
Only Christ offers hope beyond this life, and choosing Him makes a great deal of sense!
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