The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 18, 2013

We must hear before we can believe

Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they conversed about various subjects. When they touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment but didn’t respond, because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just as he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt!

The customer went back into the barber shop, and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber and I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist, because if they did there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Yes,  barbers DO exist! What happens is people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God DOES exist! What happens is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

I love stories like this. They put things into perspective, helping us to see in the natural just what it is God wants us to see in the supernatural.

Just like the barber, we cannot confess what we do not believe, and we cannot believe what we have not heard. Faith comes by hearing.

We must hear before we can believe. Folks, our salvation is based on the right confession of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus says, “Confess me before men, and I’ll confess you before the Father. If you deny me, I will deny you.” Can’t get much clearer than that. When we confess Jesus as Lord, He confesses our salvation to the Father-God.

Friends, Jesus Christ purchased our salvation on an old rugged cross more than 2,000 years ago. He provided His blood as the eternal complete sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 3:1 reminds us He is the apostle and high priest of our confession.

He is our mediator and representative, and He sits at the right hand of the Father, ever making intercession for us.

But, He can only represent us to the extent we allow Him to, or the extent to which we believe. Open your Bible and begin to read aloud the Scriptures, then you will be hearing, and hearing the Word of God, building your faith to the point you believe, therefore you speak.

“The Word is near you, on your lips, and in your heart. If you confess with your mouth ... Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” — Romans 8:8-10, 13.

And my favorite, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16.

I made that decision a long time ago. And I am so glad I did. He loves you, my friends. Time is short and we aren’t promised tomorrow.

Keep the faith and worship somewhere today.



Sorrels can be reached at psorrels@enid news.com or at (580) 548-8140.