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Here, there and everywhere
Where was God when that happened? It always intrigues me when people ask questions like that. Many of us have been asked those kinds of questions for many years. Often the inquiring person is honestly looking for answers. One of my favorite authors asked these kinds of inquiries over and over. He also answers many times. He wrote many of the Psalms. You probably have guessed that I am thinking of King David.
Psalms 139:7-12 sort of tells it all. Just look in heaven, hell, the bottom of the sea or even total darkness and there is God. Some will remember the old chorus that children sometimes sing: “He sees all we do. He hears all we say. My Lord’s a writing all the time, time, time.” This could be scary if we didn’t remind ourselves that God is love and is loving. It is interesting to think that God is everywhere, always has been and always will be. The pantheist thinks that God is in everything. If we cut down a tree we are not cutting down a part of God.
It is mind stretching to remember that God always was everywhere, is everywhere and always will be. When King Solomon built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem, he stated that heaven and earth cannot contain God.
Like a church or a Bible study, God manifests or perhaps helps teach us in those settings. When we have our private devotions or devotions with our spouse, He manifests Himself or perhaps teaches us.
One of the really great testimonies is reading about the experiences given by some veterans of the Vietnam war. Some were in prison more than four years in the atheist communist nation but never lost hope. They shared Bible verses that they had memorized as children They prayed together. They needed to be careful not to get caught. Those who did get caught were often beaten or put in isolation. The awareness of God’s presence sustained them. The knowledge that God is omnipresent, everywhere present; omniscient, all knowing; and omnipotent, all powerful is awesome. Then to remember that God is love and all loving (1 John 4:7-11) probably exceeds our comprehension. If you haven’t read Psalms 103 lately, it will help make your day.
For the 2013 Club, Sept. 8 takes us to Proverbs 14 and I Corinthians 16.
Have a good two weeks.
Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail, He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.