Where Does God Live?
“Gramps,” greeted John, “the last time we talked about God, we found He had no beginning nor end, that He was infinite and therefore ageless. Now, grandpa, tell me, Where does God live?”
“Well,” replied grandpa, “It is easier to tell you where He doesn’t live. The Bible says, in Acts, chapter seven and verse forty-eight, The most High (meaning God) dwelleth not in temples made with hands,” but that doesn’t answer your question, Perhaps we should know a little more about God before we try to answer your question. First of all, “Have you ever seen God?”
“No,” John admitted, “I haven’t.”
“Have you ever spoken to Him? continued grandpa.
“Oh yes,” exclaimed John, “I speak to Him every time I pray.”
“Where is He when you are praying to Him?” grandpa next inquired.
“Near enough to hear what I say,” John answered promptly.
“When people in England pray to Him, is He near them too?” was grandpa’s next question.
“I suppose so,” confessed John. “He has to be near everyone when they pray so that He can hear them.”
“Can God be in two places at one time?” demanded grandpa.
“He must be able to do that for when I pray I ask Him to take care of me and of my grandparents and friends and if He is able to look after us when we live in different places, then He must be able to be in two or even more places at one time,” volunteered John.
“Some people have great difficulty in understanding that,” asserted grandpa. “They try to limit God to their own little experience. Now John, turn to Psalm, one hundred and thirty-nine and read verses seven to ten.”
John found the place in his New English Bible and read, “Where can I escape from Thy Spirit? If I climb up to heaven, Thou are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, again I find Thee. If I take my flight to the frontiers of the morning or dwell at the limit of the western sea, even there Thy hand will meet me and Thy right hand will hold me fast.”
“So you see,” explained grandpa “the Psalmist found God everywhere. God can be everywhere because He is not limited by a body such as we have. He is a Spirit.”
“Then God is not only ageless,” cried John, “but He is limitless.”
“How true,” affirmed grandpa. “Students of the Bible use another word to describe the limitlessness of God. They take the English word, present, meaning being in a certain place and the latin word, omnis, meaning all and form the word omnipresent, meaning everywhere at the same time.”
“That’s a pretty big word,” said John, “but I will try to remember that God is omnipresent.”
“Now let us read the sixteenth verse of the third chapter of First Corinthians,” continued grandpa. “There it says, ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.’ God doesn’t dwell in temples made with hand but He does dwell in the temple of your heart if you really believe that God sent His Son into the world to die for your sins. If you do this you can invite God into your heart and He will come in and take over your life and make your heart His home. All those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour form a temple where God can dwell. Ephesians, chapter two and verse twenty-two says, Ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit’.”
“So God dwells in each of us who believe and also in the whole group of those who believe,” concluded John.
“Yes,” confirmed grandpa.” “God is Spirit and so is not limited like we are either by space or by time. In later discussions we will learn more about God and what He is like.”
Passages to read: Job 24:1, Psa. 19:1-6, 33:18, 34:15, 66:7, 119:168, 139:7-10, Pro. 5:21, 15:3, Jer. 24:6, Heb. 1:3.