Closer than You Think

Where is God?   Cartoons show Him floating on a cloud, with one hand on the lightning bolt lever.  People reach up or look up in worship or prayer.  Nothing wrong with that – Jesus looked up in prayer – but does God reside “up there?”  Praise songs invite Him to “come.”  We call special church rooms “sanctuaries,” and design some of them as though God lived within them..  But where is He really?  According to the apostle Paul, the question might better be asked, where are we? Check this out:

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, … that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for  “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; …  (Act 17:26 — Act 17:28 excerpts)

As we used to say in the 60’s, “Heavy!”  God made us and designed us so that we would “feel our way toward him” and yet, it is “in Him we live and move and have our being.”  Although it seems to us that He is “up there” or “out there,” in reality, we exist “in Him.”  Makes my head swim, but then so does much of what I hear and read about quantum mechanics.

But so what?  Paul spoke those things to people who superstitiously believed that to find God you needed to build Him a temple and then go there.  Or, make a statue and bring sacrifices to it.  You can read the rest of what he said in Acts 17.  But His point was this:  We don’t have to do anything, build anything, pay anything or go anywhere to find God.  He made us and gave us life.  He is the One Who designed into us the urge to find Him.  It is good to “feel our way toward Him.”  But here is a hint: He is closer than we think.

Good to know, even if we don’t fully understand it.

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