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Anonymous - Nov. 19, 2019
Devotional

I was raised in a non-Christian—or what some people would call an atheist—family. Being raised in this culture’s traditional household and public school’s education, I tended to lean more into a secular paradigm. Growing up, when I had big questions, I would turn to science more than I would to faith. Science was the thing that I held as true.

After becoming a believer, I found out that a lot of the scientific views that I held as true were the complete opposite of this biblical paradigm, which is something I struggled to reconcile. After reaching out to many different sources (such as Paster Chuck Missler, the Creation Science Institute, and a wonderful documentary called Is Genesis History?) I came to a new understanding that science never contradicts the Word of God; in fact, the Word of God substantiates science. For a long time, I studied science with this newfound view. It was definitely a paradigm shift! Looking at things from a biblical perspective before the a scientific perspective, I was able to find my vast love for science again. In this new light, I found more truth in it, since it was based on faith rather than speculation.

Recently, I have been experiencing another level of struggle that I have not yet faced since becoming a believer. Although I grow closer to God, I still find myself going to some of my old comforts: documentaries, advancements in new studies, and the wisdom of man. Even though this pursuit gives temporary reprieve, there are no answers to be found in it. In fact, sometimes I feel that they’ve been pulling me away from the paradigm shift I’d had.

Within a few days after I prayed for the Lord to help me clarify these thoughts, I opened my Bible and read the following passage: “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:20-21).

Again my perspective has been pulled away from the worldly and into the divine truth: our salvation is found through our Lord Jesus Christ. My confidence should always be in Him, not my own understanding.