Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, February 28
Read Isaiah 44:1-8

Do not fear or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one. (v 8)

FAITH CHALLENGES

Growing up, my faith was based primarily on what I was taught. Much of that was through Sunday school and church lessons, Bible studies and sermons. It was a strong foundation, both at home and at church. But I began to discover it wasn’t enough.

On the way home from a debate tournament in high school, someone in the car started a discussion about God. More specifically, why did I believe there was a God? Why couldn’t the world have been created through a process other than a spiritual power? All I knew to do was to fall back on what I’d been taught. I didn’t know how to do otherwise.

College brought more questions and more exploration about why I believed what I believed. At one point I remember feeling like the rug had been pulled out from underneath me, but with nothing to replace it. Everything I’d grown up believing was in question, but I had nothing to move toward and trust in.

Needing some sort of grounding, I returned to my foundational beliefs. I also, however, gradually began to question those. Fortunately, God doesn’t move away from us when we question and challenge. He remained constant as I questioned and grew in my faith.

He is our rock. He is the Rock.

Jill Pletcher


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