I was thinking about this saying or question early this morning and I began to ponder over it’s connotation. As I thought about the first part (Where is God?) I thought, well this would suggest that He is either missing in action, or nowhere to be found. Of course, we know that is so far from the truth. There are many scriptures that speak to the fact that God is near to us. For example,Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.” Acts 17:27 “…..God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us“. NIV.
The second part of the phrase “When I need Him? has another connotation that I thought was interesting. It suggests that there are only certain times that we need God. I would hope that everyone agrees that we need God always. Many of us find ourselves not recognizing our need for God all the time because there are times in our lives when everything seems to be going great. It is only those times when we face difficulties that some of us recognize our need for Him.
We serve a God who is always with us, the emmanuel (Matthew 1:23). He says He will never leave us or forsake us. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV). So to answer “Where is God?”, He is always with us – right here.
While there are many of us who deceive ourselves into thinking that we can do without God sometimes. We are so wrong. God is the source of everything: our provider, protector, sustainer, healer, deliverer – I could go on and on. Too many scriptures to drive this point home; “For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,” 1 Peter 1:24 (NIV). We only exist because of God’s kindness and faithfulness towards us.
Therefore, taking the mindset that God is with us always and that He is the ultimate source, we then approach life with humility and thanksgiving to God. We can then change our question to a declaration of “God, I know you are with me always, and that you are my everything and all I need – therefore….” Amen!