Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." (Psalms 14:1 NRSV)
Pope John Paul once said that he would never forget the impression left with him by a Russian soldier in 1945. The war was only just over. A conscript knocked at the door of the Cracow seminary where John Paul was serving many years before his election to the papacy. When asked "What is it you want?" the soldier replied that he wished to enter the seminary. The conversation between the Russian soldier and the Polish priest went on for a long time. Even though the soldier never in fact entered and was far from clear in his mind about what a seminary really is, the meeting taught the young priest one great truth: how wonderfully God succeeds in penetrating the human mind even in the extremely unfavorable conditions of systematic denial of Him. In the whole of his adult life that soldier had scarcely ever gone inside a church. At school, and then later at work, he had continually heard people asserting "There is no God!" And in spite of all that he said more than once: "But I always knew that God exists...and now I would like to learn something about God"

That soldier believed the evidence in his own mind and heart. Living in the kind of magnificent world in which we find ourselves, it is easy to agree with the Psalmist: "The fool says in his heart there is no God."

Lord Jesus, in this great season leading up to Easter, I honor you for revealing God to me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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