There are many things we need to know. We need to know how to read and write. We need to know something about maths so we can use our money wisely. We need to know how to cook, to look after a house, to work and earn money, how to get on with other people. We also need to know about God – because this affects our whole life, how we live it, and what happens to us after we die.
We have already learnt about Who God is, and What God is like. But Where is God?
In the Bible we have some verses that can help us understand this.
Read Psalm 11:4… (All readings from GNB) The Lord is in His holy temple, He has His throne in Heaven. He watches people everywhere and knows what they are doing. Where does this say God is? (in His temple which is in Heaven)
Read Psalm 47:8… God sits on His sacred throne; He rules over the nations. Where does this say God is? (on His throne, which we know is in Heaven)
Read 1 Corinthians 3:16… Surely you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you. Where does this verse say God lives? (In us. Our bodies are also called temples and God lives in our heart when we are Christians)
! Corinthians 6:19… Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself but to God. Where does this say God is? (living in us)
So God is in Heaven, yet He is also living in our bodies. That must mean yours if you love God. And also mine. So if we are in different places, then so is God.
Read Psalm 139: 1,2,5,7,9,10… Lord you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; you are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power. Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence? If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me; you would be there to help me.
Where do these verses say God is? (all around us, on every side, wherever we are. And He can obviously be everywhere at the same time as this is a promise to all Christians. Isn’t that wonderful.) So God is seated on His throne in Heaven. And like Psalm 11:4 said, He also watches people everywhere. He lives in our hearts and so where-ever we go He is with us.
God is here with us, listening to us talking. He is next door with the boys too. And back in our homes if our Mums or Dads are Christians. That also means he is in America, and Australia and Norway and Fiji. He is with people on the big ships in the ocean and on planes in the sky. We can only be in one place at a time, but God can be everywhere – and at the same time.
One of the most important things for us to remember is that this great God is always loving us and always watching us to see what we are doing. That should make us glad – that He cares and is there to help us when we ask Him to. But it should also make us very careful – so we won’t do things He wouldn’t like.
There is a story about a father and his son. One day the man wanted to steal some watermelons from somebody else’s field. He took his 8 year old boy with him. “Stand there by the fence,” the father told his son, “and tell me if you see anyone looking.” Then the father climbed the fence and crept into the paddock. He began cutting the stalk of a watermelon when his son called out. “Daddy! Someone is watching you! The man jumped up and ran back to the boy. “Where,” he asked. “Who is watching. Where is he.” “Daddy,” said the young boy, “when you were looking to see whether anyone could see you, you forgot to look up into the sky. God is looking down and watching you.”
The father felt really silly. He didn’t feel like stealing again because he knew God could see him.
God is always aware of us and what we are doing. That is good, because it means we can never get lost from God. We can talk to Him whenever we want because He is always there. God is very caring and loving and won’t let us out of His sight. Isn’t it wonderful to realise that God is so amazing and great and powerful, and always so loving too.