Where is God? This is a question usually asked by a person when they are in distress. How much better is it for a person if they explore the question when they are not under duress. The answer, rightly understood, can provide comfort and direction in the times when we are in need.
As the first sunrise shed its golden beams across the pristine new creation, as the shafts of light caused the fresh dew to glisten like diamonds, Adam and Eve were aware that they were not alone. God’s presence was all around them. He walked with them. He talked with them in the cool of the evening. He was a real presence in their world. Noah had a relationship with God such that he ‘found grace in the sight of the Lord.’ God walked with Noah, talked with Noah, and gave Noah clear direction. Enoch walked steadily with God and then one day he was simply gone: God took him. Scripture tells us God walked with Abraham, talked with him, provided him with a wonderful plan for his life, and Abraham is called ‘a friend of God.’ The list of Old Testament examples could go on and on with people that lived in God’s presence.
The New Testament provides us with an amazing revelation. Matt. 1:23 says: “ Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’. Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John shares this truth in a slightly different way: “ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” Where is God? He is with us! He was there in the past. He will be with us in the future. But most importantly, He is present with us here and now.
- He is present in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said,“ I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.”
- He is present in the preaching of His Word. This is ‘kerygmatic’ theology. Where ever Chirst’s word is preached, He is there.
- He is present when His people meet to worship. Jesus said, “ Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.”
- He is present in the Sacraments of the church. Jesus said, “ Take, eat; this is my body” and “ this is my blood of the new covenant…”
A prayer for today: Lord, you said in Rev. 3:20, “ Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and dine with him, and he with me.” Lord, I open the door of my heart. Please come in. I covet your presence with me.
~ Brother Roy