Like a foolish fish out of water

fish-out-of-waterHave you seen a fish swimming? It dives, darts, glides, turns, flashes through the water. That’s it’s natural habitat – the place where it belongs. Fish are made to live in water.

And the Bible says we were made for God – to be loved by him and to love him. That’s where we belong.

But when we run from God, we run away from everything that makes us alive and free. We run away from our own happiness. We leave the place where we belong – close to his heart.

Jesus said “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11v28).

What if a fish decided one day, “I’ve had enough of being told what I can and can’t do and only being allowed in water. I want to be FREE! I’m going to find my fortune on land!” and then jumped out of the water and onto the riverbank?

How far do you think that fish would get? It would wriggle and flap it’s fins, but of course fins don’t work on land. It would lie there grasping for air and pretty soon it would die.

How free is a fish on land? Not very. The fish is not built for land. And we are not built to be away from our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said: “if the Son set’s you free, you are truly free” (John 8v36).

How can we know God exists?


“I can’t see him (or her, or it), or test him, or feel him. Why should I believe in God?

Two things point to God’s existence…

1. Creation

“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” (from the Bible book of Romans, chapter 1, verse 20.)

Creation is amazing. It’s like a wonderful painting, which prompts us to say: “Whoever painted this must be amazing”. And no one looks at a painting and assumes the paint just felt like that! So the bible says God deserves “glory and honour … for you created all things” (Revelation 4v11).

2. Conscience

Each of us has a sense that some things are right and some things are wrong – a kind of internal moral code. Where did that come from? Animals don’t have a conscience. The Bible says that our “consciences bear witness” (Romans 2v15) to there being a God who put the idea of right and wrong in our hearts.

But many people look at the universe and say it’s not created by God; many people explain how we got our consciences without referring to God. And people hold strong views on either side!

So how can we know who is right? In the end, the two sides can’t both be correct! For proof that God exists, we need to look at…

3. Christ

Jesus said: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14v9). He claimed that when you look at him, you’re looking at God living on earth as a human. Jesus backed up that claim by what he did in history, 2000 years ago. And if Jesus is God, that’s unarguable proof that God exists!

So the question we each need to ask ourselves is:

“Who was Jesus Christ?”

You can look into that yourselves by reading one of the four historical accounts of his life found in the Bible, named after their authors – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.