January 28, 2014
God is Everywhere ~~ Christina Villa
Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says, “Heave is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things? From Acts 7:1-50
I remember being told as a child that “God is everywhere.” I also remember thinking that whoever told me this just didn’t know where God was and wouldn’t admit it.
Today’s scripture tell us that God is not located “In houses made by human hands,” which could also mean that God is not to be found only in the places we thing God belongs.
In other words, “God is everywhere” – not just where you or I imagine God is likely to be. And anyone who says God is located “here” (in my church, in my country, in my way of life) but not “there” (your church, your country your way of life) is misinformed.
Many of us speak of feeling God’s presence at certain times and in certain times and in certain kinds of places: church, of course, and settings of natural beauty, or places where good deeds are being performed, but also in the midst of personal or public tragedies.
But who ever remarks on God’s presence at, say, Costco, or the dentist’s office, during algebra class or at school board meetings? Spend enough time in any of these places an you may need God’s presence more than you realize. This is when it pays to remember what you, too, may have been told as a child: God is everywhere, not to be reserved for grand occasions or terrible times only, not to be confined to churches or places with spectacular scenery.
PRAYER: Thank God, You’re everywhere. Amen.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 30.