Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
As I’ve noted before, I had a thunderous conversion the fall of my junior year in college. The next 22 months saw me at retreats, conferences, prayer meetings, mission trips, Bible studies, witnessing and being discipled. On a side note, I nearly flunked out until I realized that God wasn’t glorified if I did – and that He wanted me to graduate. That “revelation” – along with meeting and becoming engaged to Donna – enabled me to focus on my studies my last 4 quarters and graduate.
My last quarter at Michigan State in the summer of 1970 brought another experience that continues to move me to this day. I had opportunities to visit with one of my best professors and talk to him about my becoming a Christian and the many experiences I was having. He was Jewish and an atheist.
In our discussions he expressed a major concern that he had. He believed the most important issue in life was to answer the question, “Is there a God.” Then, if you concluded there was a God, you must discover if that God has any requirements of you. He had seriously pursued this and concluded, “There was no God.” But he was very distressed with my peers and so many others that he knew in that they didn’t take this issue seriously.
As we talked about my conversion, my experiences and the miracles I’d seen, he felt he could explain away most of my testimony. He seemed settled in his conviction that there was no God, except one thing troubled him. I can remember him looking at me and saying with a serious thoughtfulness, “I don’t know what to do with the miracles.” I was so blessed that he believed that I was truthful and had truly experienced the miraculous. Hopefully, the miracles caused him to reconsider the issue and discover Jesus, his messiah.