A: The most important thing I can tell you is that God doesn’t want you to have a shaky, insecure faith. He wants you to know beyond all doubt that He exists — and not only that He exists, but that you can know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.
How is this possible? It’s possible because God did something that staggers our imagination: He became a man. That man was Jesus Christ, and one reason He left heaven and came into the world was so we could know what God is like. He proved He was God by doing something no one else had ever done, or ever will do: He conquered death’s power and came back from the grave.
Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus Christ as He is found in the Gospels of the New Testament. And when you do, you’ll discover not only that God exists, but that He loves you and has opened the way for you to be with Him in heaven forever. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18).
By a simple prayer of faith confess your doubts and your sins to God, and then ask Jesus Christ to come into your life — and He will. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Q: When something bad happens to us, is it because God is punishing us? My husband is dying of cancer, and I can’t help but wonder if God is punishing us, since we’ve never gone to church or been religious or anything. — Mrs. A. McF.
A: Sometimes bad things do happen to us because we’ve chosen to disobey God and do things that are clearly harmful. For example, someone who deliberately ignores God’s moral laws and becomes wildly promiscuous may pay a terrible price by contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
But don’t misunderstand me; most of the bad things that happen to us aren’t a result of God’s punishment. In fact, only rarely can we trace any connection. The world is imperfect and infected with all kinds of evil — and we are part of it. No matter who we are, we’ll all experience bad things in life. Job discovered this; he loved God and was a man of great faith, yet he went through terrible suffering. Later he wrote, “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).
The real question for you and your husband, however, is this: What does God want you to do right now? So far, you’ve left God out of your life, but why leave Him out any longer? Someday soon, your husband will die and enter eternity, and right now he isn’t prepared for that momentous day.
But he can be! God loves you both, and the proof is that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for your sins. He took upon Himself the judgment you deserve — and now He offers you salvation as a free gift. Accept that gift today, by turning to Jesus and committing your life and your future into His hands.
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.