Good Morning July 22

I have written often that God is our creator, and has given us guidance for a way of life that is for our best good. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews said, “anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”(11:6) That has become more of a problem in recent years. 22% of the American population now list themselves as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular. Other countries are even higher. Many churches in European countries sit empty. People come only for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Otherwise, God is pretty irrelevant. The writer of Hebrews is correct. There is no reason to seek the Lord, or considering any of guidance for mankind unless we believe He exists. Yet, His evidence is all around us. “What may be known about God is plain to them, 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 people are without excuse.”(Romans 1:19-20) Even the 22% are surrounded by and benefit from the things God has made. Even further, God’s Spirit is still working to stir hearts and minds to consider Him. We pray that more hearts would be opened to receive the grace that is so freely given.