Grace Period

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Where Is God?

“And he (Elisha) took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? (2 Kings 2:14)”

Sometimes we wonder aloud even as Elisha did, “Where is the Lord?” Well, He is exactly where He has always been. He is omnipresent. Nothing about Him has changed – only our circumstances have caused us to doubt His promised presence. Allow me to suggest three places where we can find the LORD God of Elijah!

He is in Heaven. Nothing that happens in this world takes God by surprise or is out of His control. While we may wonder where the next terrorist attack may present itself from organizations such as Al Qaeda, or ISIS, or when the next economic recession or depression may materialize, we do not have to wonder and doubt where God is.  We may or may not change the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but He is still on the throne in Heaven! The Psalmist declared, “The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in Heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men (Psalms 11:4).” Speaking for God, Isaiah penned, “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest? (Isaiah 66:1)” I love the picture that Paul painted of our link to Christ in Heaven when he wrote to the Philippians, “For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).”

He is in the hard times. Elisha had just experienced a hard time. Elijah, his friend, mentor and guide, had just been taken away from him into Heaven. He was left to go on seemingly alone. As he turned to re-cross the Jordan River that God had just parted for Elijah, he cried out in anguish and sorrow, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” The rest of that verse says, “and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.” That was definitely a hard time for Elisha, but God was right there with him. And He will be there with you in your hard times. In financial setbacks, in relationship problems, even in tragedies, He will be found comforting His children. Listen to Paul as he speaks of the comfort of God in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

He is in our Hearts. This last thought thrills me to the core! Just think – God, Who created this universe, is able to live in our hearts. And He’s not just able, He is also willing! This is something that we can know. Paul wrote, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).” Do you know that? I do. Someone must have asked Alfred Ackley that same question, and he penned the words to that great song, He Lives. The last stanza says (and I agree), “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart!”

I hope you know Him as your Savior. If so, He promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He will be with you through it all. If you do not know Him as your Savior, please invite Him into your heart today. He’s waiting for you.

Posted 225 weeks ago