How Do You Know God Is Real?

It was a Monday morning when those words popped up on my screen, demanding my attention because suddenly there was a question that seemed bigger than life — and I found myself wondering, unprepared to be the one to answer a question like this.

“How do you know that God is real?”

I sat there for a while, a cup of coffee warm in my hands and the Bible steady in my lap; but these words were heavy and demanding. How do you know? And I knew this question required something more than what my heart had to say: that I just do. I kept thinking about this that day because really. How do you know God is real?

My heart answered: I believe it because it is the Truth. I believe because God reveals Himself everywhere, in every situation. But I know, having grown up in a family of non-believers, that this is not always so easy to believe. And I know this is a question that is found in the hearts of many. I know because there was a time when that question took a lot of space in my heart.

So if you are in that place, wondering if it’s true that God exists. This is for you. If there are any questions, you can always e-mail me at adashoffaith[at]gmail.com.

How Do You Know God Is Real

God created the world

I know that God exists because it is so obvious in His creation, in the nature, animals, and us humans. Friend, just think about our bodies and the way everything is connected and works just right — how could that have happened by accident? I find us too complicated to be created by an accident. For example, think about our brains and the two hemispheres of our brains that look exactly alike. Yet the two hemispheres carry out entirely different functions, in a way that it is all connected. And to some extent, one hemisphere — carrying out different functions than the other — can make up for the other one if there is damage.

I find this quite miraculous. And I see God’s design there clearly.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

Universal moral standards

This is the one that has always proved to my heart that there is God. There are moral standards and things that are considered immoral pretty much by most people and cultures – say, murder or rape. How is it that there are these universal moral standards if morality has always been determined by us? How could we think the same if truly we all were the ones to decide what is right and what is wrong?

I see God’s hand in there too, creating us and giving us these moral standards that most of us hold.

It is a relationship, not religion

More than anything, I know God is real because I have a relationship with Him. God has answered my prayers. He has provided for me miraculously. He has delivered me from darkness, depression, and illness. I have seen His work in other people’s lives very clearly, too. It is not religion but a relationship with God. A relationship is a connection based on communication: the sharing of one’s heart with the other. I know God’s heart because He has given me His Word. And I know He knows my heart, as He has walked with me through this journey of life and all the pain.

That is how I know God is real: because I get to talk to Him and He answers. He is a living God who loves His creation — enough to come down from heaven and bend down to the lowest, just so that He can spend eternity with us. And He took the punishment of death so that we wouldn’t have to. He loved us bigger than life — and still does.

Friend, if you are interested in reading more about this topic, I found this good read from Answers in Genesis.

  • Ronja, I LOVE this post. I think we all, at some point in our lives, have these questions and you have beautifully shared your heart and thoughts. Eventually, through our questions and doubts, we have to take God at his word and believe in faith that he exists. Due to some of these rumblings in my own mind, this is why I started reading his word from cover to cover this summer. When we look for him, he promises to be found! xoxo

    • Ronja

      Thank you, friend! I so believe as well, that all of us hold these doubts at least at one point in our lives. But God remains faithful through our doubts and faithfulness, and that is such a mercy and a blessing. And your thinking is great. The best way to find answers to any doubts or questions, is to read His Word from cover to cover and look for Him in there. Thank you for taking the time to comment here once again, friend. God bless you!

  • oldthingsnew2015

    I love this post Ronja. It is so hard to answer why we believe to unbelievers and we will never convince them by arguing the truth. I love your point about relationship over religion. It is through relationship that my life has been radically transformed and that speaks to people over all else. The word of our testimony, as the Bible says. As a total aside I love your name and the fact that you live in Finland and also that you were raised in an unbelieving family. Being of Finnish heritage myself I know how few in your country believe and how hard it must be. Yet God chose you from the beginning to be a light to those around you. Thank you for being obedient to His calling. Blessings, Patti

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Patti! It really can be so hard sometimes to know what to say to the unbelievers, especially since many have arguments that they are unwilling to change. But I think it is our heart and love for Christ that makes the difference -- in our lives and in the lives of others. Thank you for taking the time to visit here and comment! God bless you!

  • Barbara H.

    Beautiful post! My mind first went to creation and then to my own relationship with God, His Word, and prayer. That fact that there is moral law so similar in differing times and cultures is a good one as well.

    • Ronja

      Thank you, Barbara! Isn't it beautiful, that we get to have a relationship with God. :) God bless you!