Day 1: What Do You Believe?
There are many questions that require a great deal of reflection, but there are two questions that really get to the heart of a person. Those two questions are:
- What do I believe?
- Why do I believe what I believe?
More than ever before in history, there is a growing trend of teachers, professors, and students who will answer the first question by saying, “I only believe what I can see, taste, touch, hear, or smell.” Similarly, they’ll answer the second question by saying, “That’s what I believe, because it’s tangible. I know something exists if I can experience it with one or more of my senses.”
Yet people, in general, have very firm beliefs that do not fall into this definition. For example, love is impossible to be defined. Similarly, it’s very challenging to have a basis for human rights, because the basis for human rights isn’t something that can be created in a lab. As you read today, consider this: For just a few minutes, take an inventory of your own beliefs. How would you respond to somebody who asked you, “What do you believe? And why do you believe that?”
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
How would you respond to somebody who asked you, “What do you believe? And why do you believe that?”
Write it down: What do you believe about God? Jesus? The purpose God has for your life?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Nehemiah 13
Heavenly Father, I confess that the questions presented today are very difficult questions for me to answer. I confess that I sometimes don’t know exactly what I believe, or why I believe it. This week, as I continue to wrestle through these questions, I pray that You will lead me to better recognize what I believe, why I believe it, and how I can grow in allowing these truths to impact how I live my life. I pray for insight and understanding about You, Jesus, Your Word, and the purpose You have for my life. I pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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