by Dick Innes
Splashed with bright white p
aint right across the side of a garbage truck in large, bold letters, a baffled university student had written, "Where is God?"
Most people wonder about this same question at some time or other. If there is a God, where is he and how can we find him?
In some ways God is like an atom. You can't see him with the naked eye but you can see evidence of his presence and power everywhere you look.
For instance, God shows himself to us through creation. As David the psalmist said, "The heavens declare the glory of God: the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not hear. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world."1
In "My Search for the Ultimate", research scientist Lambert Dolphin Jr. writes, "Confronted every day with the mysteries of space and the atom, I continue to be amazed at the complexity and order of our universe. From the sub-microscopic realm of the atom to the expanding reaches of the galaxies, our universe runs like intricate and well-oiled clockwork according to great physical laws which never change or falter.
"Our sun, which is the nearest star, a hundred earth-diameters across, is 93 million miles into space. Each day the sun supplies our solar system with heat, power and light at the rate of a million billion, billion horse-power! Yet is only an average star.
"Our island universe of stars which we call the Milky Way is 100,000 light years across. If we could travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), it would take us 100,000 years to traverse the Milky Way! Yet this is only one of a billion or more such island universes stretched out in every direction from our earth to distances measured in billions of light years."
However, one doesn't need to be a scientist to see and feel the greatness of creation all around us. Vacationing on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, I marveled at the wonder of nature--the grandeur of rolling hills, the brilliance of spring flowers, the majesty of cliffs rising from the sea with waves crashing rhythmically against them and pounding lonely, deserted beaches.
I watched a seagull, beautiful and agile, swooping over the waves, tipping his beak into the water to pluck his meal from the sea. I marveled at the grace of a huge pelican, stretching his wings to a span of eight to ten feet as he soared effortlessly above me.
The heavens declare the glory of God.
So many marvels to see: a playful porpoise dodging beneath the bow of our boat, gliding with ease through the crystal clear water; a curious fur seal, popping out of the sea in answer to a child's call; a kangaroo bounding across a distant field; and a koala high in a eucalyptus tree. Later, a million stars shone above to dance in chorus with a brilliant full moon and mirror their beauty in a now calm sea.
I have stood breathless at the sight of millions of gallons of water plunging over the Niagara Falls, and speechless at the splendor of the Grand Canyon. And I have walked in amazement in the Yosemite Valley where mountains of granite seem to reach up out of nowhere to stab the sky in unparalleled artistic beauty.
"Did all this happen by chance?" I ask myself. For me, it would take more faith to believe that than to believe that our world and universe were created by a Master Designer whose power and greatness are beyond human understanding.
Besides through creation, God has also shown himself through the human soul. Beyond being a physical, rational, and emotional being, man is a spiritual being with a living soul in which is implanted a consciousness of God. This consciousness is made up of a "religious and moral instinct" which acknowledges a supreme being upon whom man is dependent and to whom he is responsible.2
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every life that only God can fill.
Anselm, the famous Italian theologian who lived in the eleventh century, stated that the idea of God in the mind is proof that God exists. Pascal, the French physicist and philosopher who lived in the seventeenth century, spoke about the "God-shaped vacuum in every life that only God can fill."
Furthermore, if God didn't exist in the mind of the atheist, why would he feel compelled to disprove God's existence? He wouldn't. God has revealed himself to us through his Word, the Bible. The Bible doesn't seek to prove God's existence. It accepts him as fact and simply says, "In the beginning God..."3
In the Bible God speaks with authority, stating that it is his Word and that he is the one and only God.4 It is God's written message to mankind. Fulfillment in accurate detail is sufficient evidence to prove its validity.
God can be seen in creation, in the human soul, and in the Bible, but his final and clearest revelation of himself to us is in his Son, Jesus Christ.5 Not only is Jesus the Son of God, but also God and the Son. Referring to Jesus, John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and lived among us."6
When Philip, a disciple of Jesus, asked to see God, Jesus said, "He who has seen me has seen the Father [God]."7
In life we all see and believe basically what we want to see and believe. If we want to see and believe in God, we can. If we don't want to see him, we won't. Most people do believe in God but it is an entirely different experience to find him personally. The only way to do this is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father [God] except through me."8
It is our sin--by causing both spiritual and physical death--that has separated us from God and prevented us from finding him. But because God loved us, he gave his Son, Jesus, to die for us and thereby pay the penalty for our sins.
To find God, you simply need to confess and turn from your sins, believe that Christ died on the cross for you, and respond to Christ's call to receive him into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. When you do this, God forgives you for all your sins, cancels your guilt and gives you the gift of eternal life.
If you have never found God by receiving Christ, you can right now by responding to Christ's call to follow him. To do so, quietly pray and ask Christ to forgive you for your sins and invite him to come into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. His invitation is to all who will come.9
1. Psalm 19:1-4,NIV. 2. See Genesis 2:7; Acts 17:22-28 and Romans 2:14-15. 3. Genesis 1:1. 4. See II Timothy 3:16 and Mark 12:29. 5. Hebrews 1:1-2. 6. See Mark 1:1 and John 1:1,14. 7. John 14:9. 8.John 14:6. 9. Revelation 22:17