Most incarcerated minors who choose to attend Bible study are searching for God. They recognize they need help and want to turn their lives around. But not all.
Jose came to Bible study and boldly stated, “My religion is Atheism. I don’t believe in God, heaven or hell. If there is a God I don’t see why I need to worship Him or even know about Him. If I’m wrong then I’m fine with it.”
Yet he had chosen to come to Bible study! He listened politely at first, then became argumentative. The other guys and I tried to reason with him, but he held firm.
When class ended, Jose hung around. I spent 30 minutes listening to his story.
He’s angry. He’s plagued with nightmares. At 17, he has a 3-year-old son he’s not allowed to see. He lives with his girlfriend and together they use and sell drugs.
He didn’t know why he had come to Bible study, but I do. He’s miserable and he’s searching. Yet he didn’t want me to give him a Bible, nor did he want me to pray with him. I ended our session by suggesting that he talk with God himself. Just say, “God, if You are real, then show me!”
Perhaps you have a Jose in your life. Let’s pray for those we know who need God and don’t yet recognize their need. Let’s pray that God will reveal Himself in a tender, loving and convincing way—perhaps in a glorious dream, instead of a nightmare.
- No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:44
- The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1
- SONG: I KNOW HIM
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity