It's been a habit of mine for far too long to live as if I don't know Christ. And maybe that's because I don't. My darkest moments have been filled with negativity and bad choices but most of all a lack of beleiving that God's promises apply to me and that right there is the heart of the issue, where sin comes from: choosing something else over Believing God. Beth says in the intro to the book that God told her, "You believe in me Beth. Now I want you to believe me." The words "believe me" arose out of Isaiah 43:10 like a dead man leaping to his feet. 'You are my witnesses,' declares the Lord, 'and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me." (Believing God pg. x, emphasis mine).
The desire to share what I learn comes from two places. First, It is my belief that this book is so beneficial to every person whether they're "saved" or not that I feel compelled and obligated to share her words of wisdom. Second, I've seen too many people losing their faith or feeling hopeless (myself included) that I wanted to reach out to those people and encourage them. Beth says that believing God isn't just for the "here and there in crises, but as a lifestyle." (pg. x) I don't know about you but I'd be doing good if I was believing God during the good and uneventful times, let alone in crises. I've been the queen of doubt and have really struggled to see Jesus as my living hope like the Bible tells me he is. The thing I've realized though about not hoping in him, is that doubting him hasn't worked out so well. It's time to actually trust Him or as Beth says: Believe Him.
I hope you'll be encouragaed and find in God what He intended for you to know about him from the beginning, that he cares for you, loves you, and the life of mediocrity we've been living does not capture what Jesus meant when he said: "I have come so that you may have life and live it to the full." The fact that Beth can capture her readers right from the intro says a lot about this book. If I'm not careful I'm just going to re-read the intro and first chapter over and over! The second quote I'll address from the intro is one Beth stated about faith from the book of Hebrews.
"Christ is the initiator of matters concerning faith." (pg. xi Hebrews 11:6).
This strikes at the heart of me because it reminds me that though I've let go of God plenty in my life, He has NEVER let go of me. It doesn't matter that at times I don't "feel" God, the Bible has plenty to say on the subject of how He never forsakes us and his love is unfailing (which to me says that when we fail to love God His love doesn't fail us. Wow!) So when I seek Him- He's actually awakening in me. Any time I feel dreawn to Him, or my faith increases, HE is intiating it. Talk about a faithful friend. (Here I'm thinking of that song with the lyrics: Your love never fails never gives up never runs out on me...)
I hope you'll find encouragement just like I did when I read this book! This is all I have to share from the intro, and again, I nudge you towards purchasing this book because I know it will address certain areas for you that it doesn't for me. My hope for us all is that we can finally believe that God's promises apply to us, that he isn't just God, but our God, one who loves us and has a plan for us and to believe this so deeply we are not shaken in times of hardship.