One of our oldest and best known creeds, commonly known as the Apostolic Confession, starts out with these significant words: “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”
It rings in our hearts an echo of the opening passage of Scripture: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.”
And in that very same strain the first article of our Belgic Confession expresses it: “We all believe with the heart and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God, and that Me is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of good.”
How utterly unique is this confession. Many will grant you that you should believe in a god, some god of your own choosing. Some will speak of almighty Providence, of worshipful Nature, or of whatever god there may be and each in turn bows before his own god. The believer says: “I believe in God.”
He does not speak of the God in distinction from other gods, for he does not acknowledge that there are or can be any other gods. All other gods are the work of men’s hands and the product of man’s imagination. They are empty and vain, like unto those who make them. But our God is in the heavens. Besides Him there is no other. He is God and He alone. We believe in God.
Would we attempt to define Him? But to whom then, would we liken God, or what likeness would we apply to Him? He is the Invisible, the Unseen, Whom no one has ever seen, nor ever can see. The Incomprehensible, the Unfathomable, the Incomparable, God above all. to be praised forever. God is the infinite Spirit, while we are but creatures; He fills the heavens, while we are bound to that which is earthy; He is eternal, while we are subject to time; His presence fills all the universe, while we occupy but one spot at any given moment. The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, for He is the God of infinite perfections. He is Light and there js no darkness in Him, He is complete Goodness, Love. Grace. Truth, Life and infinite Perfection. We can only bow in worship as we cry: “O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways pas! finding out! For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory forever!”
Yet we do know Him, for He has not left Himself without witness, but reveals Himself from heaven in all the works of His hands. We have His Word, His own, personal letter, written in His own hand and addressed to us, in which He sets Himself before us in all the perfection of His glory. Even “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.” Only the wicked fool, who refuses to acknowledge Him as God, will say: “There is no God.” For God has engraven His testimony into the heart of every man thru His Spirit that He is and that He is God.
It would be foolish of us to even try to prove that God is. Unbelief laughs any attempt of that kind to scorn. The proud Atheist spurns all of God’s revelation while he vauntingly cries: “There is no God.” The boastful infidel will tell you that this world is a product of evolution and development. worshipfully bowing before Nature. The conceited idolater will set up his own god before the face of the living One and fall on bended knee before it.
While the believer needs no proof. He knows. Not because it has been proven to him, nor because he has a knowledge which is not of himself but has come to him from above. He knows by faith through the Spirit of Grace Who has renewed his heart and implanted that knowledge in him. He knows: and no powers of darkness. not even all the devils of hell nor the ragings of the heathen, can take that knowledge from him.
I believe in God. What a blessed knowledge! The devils also know that there is one God, but they tremble. God speaks in sunshine and rain, in lightnings and thunders, in earthquakes and disasters. Unbelief hears that voice and prefers to say: “Nature causes the sun to shine, it rains, it lightnings and thunders, the earth quakes by a natural phenomenon and disasters simply happen.” And while they say it they curse the God of heaven. While the believer bows down and worships. God has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross to arise on the third day. The world sees it anti cries ever anew: “Away with Him, crucify Him.” While the believer turns to that cross and confesses: “My Savior, my Lord and my God.” God witnesses of Himself in wars and rumors of wars, in havoc among the nations, as so many forebodings of His final judgment to come. The world knows it and hardens her wicked heart against it until the day when she will cry to the mountains to cover her and to the rocks to hide her from before the face of the living God. The believer experiences these same judgments of God upon a wicked world: yet. come what may, he can say:
“My soul in silence waits for God,
My Savior He has proved;
He only is my rock and tower;
I never shad be moved.”