Where Is God?

Where are you, God? The way you ask that question means a lot depending on the answer you’re seeking. The tone of your voice and the look on your face would make it clear if you’re trying to learn something about God or struggling with something you see in life. Let’s walk through the answers.

Where Does God Live?

Jesus was the Son of God and sent to earth by God. In Jesus’ first sermon, He taught on many things including how to pray. Jesus provided them with an example prayer and it opened with, “Our Father in heaven …” (Matthew 6:9). God lives in heaven. The Bible confirms Jesus’ statement in 1 Kings 8:49 when it says God hears our prayers and petitions “from heaven where you live.”

Where Is God Now?

Our definition of existence is limited to a point in time and a physical location. God is not bound by those same restrictions. He has always existed and is “omnipresent.” Merriam-Webster defines omnipresence as “present in all places at all times.” Basically, God is everywhere. There’s no place on earth where He is absent. God said, “Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:24).

Where Is God in All of This?

Many people ask the question, “Where is God?” because they are struggling to understand why there are so many problems when God is everywhere.

Where’s God …

  • when we suffer?
  • when tragedy strikes?
  • when you really need him?
  • when life hurts?

Jesus told His followers, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus warned us life will be difficult and He would fix it all in the end. Until then, He offers His presence through all that life throws at us. The last thing Jesus gave us before He returned to heaven was a promise.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Jesus wants to be there with you through the good and the bad. Will you invite Him into your life?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?