This past week, I’ve had to be at the airport a little earlier than normal. This has allowed me the opportunity to see some beautiful sunrises. God is such an amazing Artist! To see the beauty He creates in sunsets and sunrises; in animals; in plants; in trees; etc, sometimes just overwhelms me.
In our Sunday School class, we have started a series called The Gospel Project. The first 2 weeks, we have discussed how God can be seen in every aspect of creation. His presence can be seen; His power can be seen; His Love for mankind can be seen. Everything about the universe we live in Screams THERE IS A GOD!
However, the world doesn’t really seem to believe God exists. They may have some “idea” of who He is. They may think He makes a great story; was a great man; is just like any other god or that He is a fairy tale. Either way; the view of God is almost non-existent today. The world wants God pulled out of the government completely. The world wants any mention of God completely erased. The world doesn’t want anyone educated about the things of God. The world would just as soon ignore His existence. The world defies us to show proof God exists.
When tragedies happen like 9/11; or like what is going on in the U.S. Embassy’s around the world; or just daily heartaches people go through; the existence of God comes into question. The world asks; “why would a loving God allow that to happen?” It’s a valid question. They don’t know God, so they have yet to learn of His love as David explains in Psalm 19:
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who obey them.
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
I think the real question is not “Where is God?’ but “Where are we as Christians?” We know God exists. Not only do we see Him in creation around us; but we have a personal relationship with Him. He walks with us and talks with us. He tells us we are His own. Yet, we choose to go through life without being a witness; without speaking of the things of Him; without living a life to His glory; without honoring Him in ALL we do. We may attend church occasionally just for appearances sake, but we don’t really “take up our cross and follow Him.”
While it is true the world can see God in all aspects of creation; it is also true that we still have a responsibility to live our lives for God both publicly and privately. The world won’t question the existence of a God as much if they see Christ living in us. When they see God manifested through us; they will believe.
Don’t ask: “Where is God?”
Ask yourself: “Where Am I?”