Knowing God Cares

Understanding Grace, Faith, and Foregiveness

Welcome to Knowing God Cares

Written By: Beverly Morrison-Wickwire

The article below summarizes what this ministry, Knowing God Cares, is about. Each week, posts will be shared that are designed to encourage the heart, enrich the Spirit, and strengthen our resolve to live for Jesus. Check back often and please, contact me through the form at the bottom of the page.

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Every day, all around the world, people looking for answers ask the same questions over and over.

  • What is faith?
  • How can I strengthen my faith?
  • Can I know for sure I am going to heaven?
  • Will God forgive me?
  • Why do I have to forgive?
  • How do I forgive myself?
  • Is there really a God?
  • Does God care about me?

The questions go on endlessly as humans struggle to find someone, anyone, who can provide the answers. Some seek out a pastor or senior Christian whose opinions are highly regarded because of their studies. Many turn to books, articles, or websites desperately trying to find peace within the words that are assumed to be written by scholarly sources. A few will sit in silent meditation hoping that somehow in a quiet moment, enlightenment will come.

All of these are plausible options when trying to find a clear understanding. However, if truth be known, the answers to these and other important questions are easily found when we look no further than God’s Word.  Take, for example, the first question posed, “What is faith?” The answer is found in Hebrews 11:1:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (NASB)

To many readers, this sounds pretty self-explanatory. To some, though, it may not seem clear enough, and they struggle with the wording. In that case, there are plenty of other versions. “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV) “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.” (NET) Regardless of which translation chosen, the outcome is the same.

So what is faith?

Faith is knowing for sure that what we believe is true, even though it cannot physically be seen.  You have heard the phrase, “seeing is believing.” Faith is the opposite: “believing is seeing.”

Let’s look at another example. Will God forgive me? The answer, of course, is a resounding yes. After all, that is what He wants for each of us. However, for those who do not know the love of our Heavenly Father, research is necessary before they can agree. The answer to this question, though, can be found over and over in the Bible. If one is not sure where to look, they can simply google the question and the list begins. 1 John 1:9 states:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (NASB)

Again, the translations are similar, but the truth is the same. If we confess our sins to God, He will forgive us and will consider us clean before Him.

So, if the answers are truly right at our fingertips, why do we struggle so with these issues, and why do we feel we cannot find the answers ourselves? Why do we assume that these things are somehow shrouded in mystery? If we are honest, we will admit that either we think the Bible is too hard to understand, or that it cannot be that simple.

The Bible tells us that Satan is crafty and always has been. In fact, he showed up on the scene in the Garden of Eden the day he told Eve that God had lied to her.  The Bible says:

“Now the serpent (Satan) was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made . . .” (Gen. 3:1 NIV).

Being the master deceiver, he wants us to believe that we are somehow incapable of understanding the truth that God has for us. But how can that be? If God wrote the Bible for us, why would He put it in such ways that we could not understand? Like Eve, many people have believed the lies of Satan and have been convinced that the Bible is controversial, confusing, and contradictory. Because of this misconception, when they determine to pick up a copy and attempt to read, he is already telling them they will not understand or find their answer. So, bewildered, it is placed back on the table, shelf, or in a drawer, rarely to be seen again.

Here are some simple truths that can be trusted and counted on when we are struggling.

God is our Father; we are His children.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called the children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1 ESV)

God desires that we all know Him.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:1-3 NIV)

God wants us to understand.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”(Ps. 119:105 KJV)

God inspired every word.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16 NASB)

So let’s ask another set of questions. If all these things are true, can we find meaningful answers within the pages of God’s word? Can the average person, from the youngest to the oldest, understand the words written within the pages of the Bible? Is it truly as simple as picking up the Text and starting to read?

Yes. The answer is yes. Yes, it is that simple. Yes, we can understand. Yes, we will find truth within the pages of the Word of God. Not, however, if we do not try.

Pick up the Bible and start to read. I like to start at Genesis. Some like to start at Matthew. It does not matter so long as you start somewhere. Then, if along the way, you get “stumped,” turn to a pastor, senior Christian, or scholar. They stand at the ready to help in any way possible. You will be amazed at what you will learn.  God Bless.