I looked up the word believe in Merriam-Webster and here's what I found.
to have a firm religious faith
to accept something as true, genuine, or real (ideals we believe in)
to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something (believe in exercise)
to hold an opinion : think
to consider to be true or honest
to accept the word or evidence of
to hold as an opinion : suppose
(These beach pictures were taken in Maine.)
I believe in God, and I believe God. I think one of the reasons I love the beach is it draws me closer to God. I can sit and watch the ocean. It's easy to see how people used to believe the world was flat. I look out and the water goes on as far as I can see. The waves come crashing onto the shore, and I see God's mighty strength and beauty.
Then as I walk along the shore and pick up shells, I see how much he cares for little sea creatures. He one has a little shell it wears for a time. God didn't have to make the shells so beautiful, but He did.
Maybe because of the wonder of God's awesomeness, I stop and absorb how amazing God is. And I think we all need times and places where we can stop and think about our amazing God.
In chapter one of James we read, "6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." NIV
Where do you feel closest to God?