Why I Continue to Believe In God Against All Odds

Minister Paul J Bern
6 min readMar 14, 2021

Why I Still Believe In God When Others Have Given Up

by Rev. Paul J. Bern

I would like to share with you the reasons why I believe in God. I understand such a conversation may be an automatic turn-off to those of you who do not believe in a Higher Power, but I assure you there’s a nugget of truth and timeless wisdom in this commentary for everyone. After all, when you get right down to it, we all have to believe in something, whether consciously or not.

It all started one day as I was about to return home on MARTA, the public transit system for metro Atlanta where I live. Now maybe I was so tired or so hungry I couldn’t think clearly, or maybe it was just a mental lapse on my part, but I accidentally got on the northbound train when I intended to go south. It wasn’t until five minutes later that I realized my mistake and disembarked at the very next stop. But once I got my bearings, I thought for a moment that I saw God.

OK, it wasn’t literally God. It was one of His creations, a young man in his twenties, asking for money for something to eat. I told him I carried no cash, but I could get him some food if that’s what he truly needed. He spoke to me in soft tones that were barely audible. He was apparently ashamed for having to beg. I told him not to worry, I would be back in 5 minutes. I went into a nearby Burger King that was in easy walking distance from where I was and got him a ‘whopper’, some fries and a drink, but by the time I came back out with the food he was gone. Only God knows where. So I did the only thing I could at that point. I took the food home, warmed it up and ate it. So much for good deeds for today. Like Mighty Casey at the bat that day in Mudville, I had struck out.

Now to some, running into this homeless person is a coincidence at best, or a clear and present danger at worst. But I chose to see something else. I chose to see God. Not in person, mind you, but within that young man’s heart and mind. I don’t see God only in the good things in life, I see Him in the bad things too. Like homeless people, not to imply that homeless people are bad, or like the affluent, or anywhere in between. I see God in triumph and defeat, in wealth or in poverty, in war or in peace, and in life or in death. “The earth is the Lord’s”, king David once wrote, “and everything in it”. It also says in the book of Genesis that mankind was created in God’s “image and…

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player