We seem to have this whole idea about God being far away from us. It’s as if we are here on the earth and he is way out there in the universe somewhere hiding. If we just learn to say the correct things and be as moral as possible maybe, just maybe, he will grant our request.
One of the greatest victories the enemy has ever gotten is to make us feel as though God is absent. Walking by faith rather than sight may or may not make it feel like God is near. This is where trusting what the word says comes into play. In Romans 10 it says, “Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above) Or, who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring Christ up from the dead.) Of course no one can or will do that, but it says, “The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” By faith he is as close as the next utterance of our lips; that’s pretty close.
In Acts 17 we see Paul proclaiming a God who is very near. He told them the God that created everything also decided beforehand where people would live so they might reach out and find him, “though he isn’t far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist.” Paul taught that God was so close we lived in him. This always reminds me of the old saying that “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Could something really be so close to us we simply cannot see?
Jesus proclaimed this same thing to his disciples. Before he was crucified he promised them “he would ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” He went on to tell them “In that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in me, and I in you.” Apparently Paul just believed what Jesus had been saying all along.
Sometimes we are searching for a sign when we are called to simply walk by faith. Walking by faith involves believing the truth even if it doesn’t seem to make sense or look like we think it should. There was a group of Pharisees that questioned Jesus about the coming of the Kingdom and he said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst, or within you! Jesus is the king and wherever the king is you will find the kingdom and he is within you!
The Bible is ultimately about God’s glory. No matter how bleak or abandoned it may look or feel God is going to receive glory. In fact this glory is wrapped up in his Son Jesus Christ. In Colossians we discover how we get to take part in this grand scheme of glory. Paul reveals something to us that had been kept hidden for centuries but is now disclosed which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” Through him we all have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Written by Louie