My original title was: “Is God real? Or just an emotional crutch?”; but it seemed a little too long.
With hindsight (20/20 vision), my mind has replayed a series of events over the last six weeks and sparked the query on the existence of God.
First: an acquaintance (who displayed little, if any, acknowledgment of the existence of God) lost a loved one – a victim of the gun. Since then, every utterance has been punctuated with cliches of ‘God will, God does, and God knows …’. And I could hardly help but wonder, when did she find God (assuming He was lost or hiding)?
Second: a girlfriend lost a lover (not just a break-up, but he left her for another woman) … well, at least it was not for another man. She had little time (if any) for the Lord before, but since then, she has been depressed and spends hours in the Bible and also punctuates her sentences with ‘only God knows’.
Finally: another girlfriend (a single mom of four) faced with the challenges of making the ends meet for back-to-school told me that ‘the Lord will provide’. Single mom or not, she had a good job and could find her way prior to our conversation. In fact, she took pride at being able to ‘handle her business’ so that the fathers of the children would know that she did not have to depend on them! But then her company downsized and she was let go …
Here are three random individuals who (seemingly) did not need God when things were good, but could not do without Him, when things were bad.
Makes you wonder whether the notion of God is really a coping mechanism designed to get us through difficult times.
Only thing is, if that is so; where does He go when things are going great for us and we are too busy getting on with our lives to even remember, much less acknowledge Him?
What do you think?