As we read last Sunday, everyone must choose between God and Baal. There is no middle ground. To put it another way, I either support God or the Father of Lies.
Today, we have three accounts of God resurrecting the dead: two of the sons of widows and Saul who was dead to the Truth of God.
Saul was a special case in that he was the rising star among Jewish leadership. He studied with the best and learned the scripture as few others ever had. His mind was filled with the words of God, yet he lacked the Word of God. Still, God knew the young man would be perfect for the ministry to non-Jews, so He sent His Son to make him an offer he could not refuse.
In all fairness, Saul believed in God and was dedicated to God. That was not the change that occurred on the Damascus road. Saul needed to meet Jesus/Son of God face to face. He needed to understand that Jesus was the promised Messiah. More importantly, he needed to understand that the Messiah did not come to the Jews only.
As the Psalmist put it: He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow. NIV
Saul believed that applied to Jews only. Jesus said, no, everyone.
So, how does this help me believe in Jesus and God?
We have thousands of years of human witnesses who have encountered God, who have seen and believed. Elijah who calmly believed God would feed the widow and save the son. Jesus, in the presence of a large crowd, saw a widow and remembered the words of his Father to aid the widows and orphans. Without asking anything from the woman, not even a statement of faith, he asked God to return the son to the living. Paul, who used his own wrong headedness to show the power of God.
It is not possible to prove God, but it is possible to show the presence of God in our lives. We so easily see sin, but find it difficult to see Truth.
There is one more important passage from the Psalms: Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save. NIV
Governments are human inventions and they cannot save us. Some can help us live more comfortable lives, but that has little to do with our real lives. The only life that matters is the life lived to help others.
Be righteous and do good.