At our lowest, we often find ourselves looking up to the sky and seeking God’s presence. We also use “up above” to describe the Lord’s kingdom. However, in a literal sense, and as science proves it, what’s beyond the sky is a greater universe containing cosmic bodies, gases, satellites, and a lot of space junk.
So where is God and why can’t we see Him? God’s existence has been a long subject of doubt. Why doesn’t God answer the misconceptions about Him? Why doesn’t He show Himself so the devil won’t mislead people?
The Holy Bible tells us God is a loving father who takes care of His children. When a child is born, what kind of father hides from his children? How can God the Father be so far away from his children if he is a divine father who’s actively involved in the lives of His children?
Where Is God?
First and foremost, it is important to understand God and his wisdom are not like anything else we encounter in our daily lives. The Creator is not constrained by the limitations of a human being. In the event that someone inquires as to our location, we can only be in one area at a given moment.
God’s Word states that He sits on His throne in heaven and rules over the world. The Holy Bible emphasizes God’s omnipresence, meaning that He is present everywhere all at once, even though we know that His presence is exclusive to heaven.
If you are a Christian, God is with you, next to you, above you, and within you. God is omnipresent. His presence and vigilance never depart from you. If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, God is standing there in front of you, welcoming you, enticing you, and giving you the love, mercy, and grace that He desires to bestow upon you. Perhaps a more appropriate query than “Where is God?” is “Where are you in your relationship with God?”
Why Doesn’t God Appear To Mankind?
It may seem strange, yet the Holy Bible teaches us that God conceals Himself from humanity. In Isaiah 45:15, the prophet Isaiah writes, “Truly You are God, hiding Yourself, O God of Israel, the Redeemer!” Isaiah revealed that God did in fact hide from His chosen people. Why would He act this way?
King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), complained that in times of distress he could not seem to locate God. In Psalm 10:1, he said, “Why do You stand so far away, Lord? Why do You hide at difficult times?”
Again, in Psalm 13:1, he penned: “How long, Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You continue to conceal Your face from me?” The same sentiment is repeated in Psalm 89:46: “How much longer, Lord? Will You conceal Your identity forever?”
Why is God doing this? Why not manifest Himself? Why is God so difficult to find? This is exceedingly confusing to nonbelievers and believers alike.
While God does not appear to mankind in his true form, He wants us to see Him. He allows us to see into His heart. “The Lord has displayed His righteousness in the eyes of the nations,” declares Psalm 98:2 of His deliverance and redemption. It is through His creation and the Scripture that God reveals Himself to us.
Even though God seems far away, we may have faith that He is always with us, that He cares about us, and that He has a plan for our life. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Where Is He In The Midst Of Tragedy?
That does not imply that individuals who believe in God are devoid of hardship. When wars or diseases inflict pain and death, the believers will also suffer. However, God’s presence provides calm and strength amidst the hurt. According to one disciple of the one and only son of God, Jesus Christ, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
The facts indicate that we will encounter difficulties in life. Nevertheless, if we experience them while knowing God, we may respond with a fresh perspective and a strength that is not our own. God has the power to overcome any trouble. He is greater than all potential challenges, and we are not left alone to face them.
According to the Holy Bible, “The Lord is kind and a shelter in times of difficulty. He is concerned for people who place their confidence in him” (Nahum 1:7). “The Lord is close to those who seek him, to all who seek him in honesty. He grants the requests of those who revere him; he hears their cries and delivers them” (Psalms 145:18-19).
The loss of every good thing in the world is intended to demonstrate that Christ himself more than makes up for all losses. The Old Testament and New Testament say so. The Apostle Paul states, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8 ).
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows,” Jesus said in Psalms 145:18–19. If you genuinely trust God, you will trust that He has not forsaken you and will take care of you in a manner that no one else will ever be able to.
Where Is He When We Reject Him?
Most of us, if not all of us, occasionally choose to resist God and His ways. People like us could be considered respectable and loving by others, especially when compared to terrorists or criminals. However, if we were to confront God in the bare honesty of our own souls, we would know that we have sinned.
God knows everything about us as we begin to pray, and it’s hard not to feel a little stifled by this realization. The gap between us and the divine God has been caused by our deeds and lifestyles. In the past, we’ve been tempted to believe that we could manage our lives without Him. In the words of the Holy Bible, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (James 4:6).
Besides, even if we reject God amidst our suffering, we cannot run from Him. Jeremiah 23:24 states, “Can a man hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and the whole earth? declares the LORD.”
If so, what are the possible outcomes? Because of our own sin, we have been cut off from God, which has a long-term impact. Our permanent isolation from God is the price we pay for our sins. Forgiveness and knowledge of God are possible, though.
How Can He Be So Active If He’s Not Here With Us?
Before the moment Jesus ascended to heaven, Jesus pledged that he would not completely abandon Christians. Jesus reassured the disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever… [and] the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all I have said.”
God the Father sent the Holy Spirit as a source of power, guidance, and consolation in the midst of the world’s problems following Jesus’ death on the cross for our salvation for all eternity. Christians believe that through the Holy Spirit, God continues to instruct his people on earth.
God is omnipresent, both on earth and in heaven. According to the Holy Bible, God said:
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
– Psalm 139:7–10
Christians can take comfort in God’s presence in every place on earth. He actively loves, guides, and protects his people.
God’s people get gifts of “intelligence and insight… counsel and power… and knowledge and reverence for the Lord” through the Holy Spirit. Christians have to rely on God’s guidance while making prudent choices. Isaiah 30:21 states, “Whether you turn right or left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the path; walk in it.'”
Jesus told the disciples they would eventually know the Holy Spirit because “he resides with you and will be within you.” God, through the Holy Spirit, keeps his active presence in our lives as God’s people. The Holy Spirit leads, nourishes, and changes us from people who formerly lived for themselves into those who give their lives “for him who died for them and was risen.”
All of our experiences are intertwined like a quilt patched together. Look at the back of a quilt, and you’ll find it littered with knots and loose ends. It’s only until you flip the quilt over that you can truly appreciate its beauty, which is like the life of Jesus Christ.
When things go wrong, where is God? Trust in His heart and know for sure that he has not and never will abandon you in the midst of adversity. Knowing that His power gives you hope and allows you to relax in His presence when you feel like you have none left.