God is not in a place, but everywhere

04/27/2014 8:40 PM

04/27/2014 8:40 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Where is God? My Christian friend says God is somewhere up in heaven, but my yoga instructor says God dwells in every one of us, and we just need to look within to connect with the divine (which is what she calls God). Who’s right? — M.D.

DEAR M.D.:

A: God is not limited to one place; he is what theologians call “omnipresent” — that is, he is everywhere. The Psalmist declared, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:8).

At the same time, it’s a mistake to think that we only need to look within ourselves to find God. He is far greater than this, and we will miss the reality of his greatness and perfection and holiness if we try to find him within our minds or souls. We’ll also be in danger of overlooking our own sin, and deceiving ourselves into thinking we don’t need God’s forgiveness and grace. The Bible warns, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

Where should we look for God? Not in a place, but in a person — Jesus Christ! He was God in human flesh who came down from heaven to cleanse us from our sins and bring us back to God. Sin separates us from God, but by his death and resurrection Jesus Christ provided the way for us to be forgiven and restored.

I invite you to turn to Jesus and commit your life to him. God loves you, and life’s greatest joy comes from knowing him and walking with him every day. Then pray for others who don’t know him, that they may open their lives to his transforming love.

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