SCRIPTURE: Job 23:1-12, Matthew 28:19
Where can I find God? Job was one of those who asked in verse 3. “If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!”
Job is presented as a good and prosperous family man who is beset by Satan with God’s permission with horrendous disasters that take away all that he holds dear including his children, his health, and his property. He struggled to understand his situation and began a search for the answers to his difficulties.
Where do I find God? Is it your question? For many people, the answer to that question is a puzzle. Many people know about God but not God himself. People know about him by listening to other people talk about God or by hearsay. Parents may try to explain the power of relationships between God and human beings. What we really need is first hand knowledge and experience of God. Trying to tell someone how to find God is difficult as God is different for all of us.
Often, when you want to find something, you are looking for a concrete, physical object that you can put your hands on. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who believe but do not see.” For some people, God is everywhere, but no where. Because of that, sometimes we have trouble relating to God. The Bible tells us man is a sinner but God loves us anyway. God is holy and pure. Man is the opposite of that by nature. We can strive to be more like God. That is part of the journey to know him. Eventually, we come to a crossroads where we either believe or we create such a distance that we can no longer see, hear , or feel God’s presence.
The question of where can we find God is a problem for us because knowing God is not something we can find like we our lost keys or phones. We do not come to the truth by just saying there it is. I feel it and I see it. The Bible is not an account of man’s search for God but of God’s search for man. God will often search for us through others. Here at church is a place where we can seek him out. There is a dedicated time to find the meaning of God in our lives.
So, where is God? You can find him in creation and in the world around you. God was the creator of the universe. It didn’t just happen. God tells us that we are not here by chance or accident. God has a plan for each of us. He knows us by name.
Paul posed this answer in Romans 8. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God can be found by us through a relationship with his Son. He was a man who experienced life on this earth. God, as Paul said, was in Christ. Philip asked Jesus to show him the father. Jesus answered, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
If you are ever going to find Christ, you will find him at the foot of the cross because the fullness of God was revealed there. How do we find Christ? We find Him by doing what we are doing today. We are worshipping Him and learning more about Him. The church is the body of Christ and the word its ordinances. To be in church is to be in Christ. To be with Christ is to be with God.