In this sermon, part of a series on getting to know God, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, answers the question, “Where is God when you need Him?” Here are some excerpts:
“…If I were to ask you, “Where is God?”, how would you answer? Some would say, “He’s in Heaven”. Others would say, “He’s in my heart.” Now, the Bible says that God is all over the place, and David says here in our text from Psalm 139 that you simply cannot escape from God’s presence. It’s kind of mind-boggling to realize that God doesn’t need to go anywhere because He’s already there! God is everywhere. There’s no point in the universe where God is not, as our Jeremiah text affirms.
So, this morning we’re going to consider what theologians call God’s omnipresence. God is here, He’s there, He’s everywhere. Now, this is difficult for us as finite creatures to comprehend. You can’t be in two places at the same time, although often we wish we could! But, it’s no problem for God because He is a Spirit, so He can be everywhere at the same time.
Now that does not mean that God is everything – that’s pantheism… Don’t confuse the Creator and His creation. God is not everything, but He is everywhere…”
“…You see, the presence of God not only cheers me up when I’m lonely; it not only calms me down when I’m worried; and helps me out when I’m tempted; but, when I’m discouraged, God’s presence sees me through! It gives me the motivation and the power to keep on keeping on…”
“…But, you have to tune in. Now notice, the key to overcoming loneliness, worry, temptation and discouragement is the phrase, “I walk in the presence of the Lord.” How do you do that? Here are the keys to practicing the presence of God…”
Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.