This morning our series of, Who, What, When, Where, & Why God? series will be about Where is God? Often we might misplace or lose a valuable item to us (i.e., phone, wallet, etc.) Maybe at a store an important sought for item, you cannot easily find. If it’s important enough, you cannot leave until you find it! Or, maybe you got separated from one precious to you. You need to find that one! When reunited, you ask, “Where” have you been? I’ve been so worried, because I couldn’t find you! When we talk about “Where” Is God?…it’s similar to the above questions. These questions remind us of “Where God is,” as opposed to where He is not. If you really want to find someone, you need to know how to locate them, …find out where they are. If we ask “Where is God,” we need to know “Where” He is, which presumes I want to find Him! Not a mere intellectual inquiry, but a soul search to find Him! 1) I need to know where God is, versus where He is not. 2) I need to want something to “change” and a presumption I am not yet where I need to be, and I need to get there. 3) We then need to listen for the answer to “Where” is God? But if we are too busy, we can’t, and won’t know where He is, because we’ve spent all our time, complaining, dictating, declaring, where He is when in fact we need to be listening. And He’ll tell us then where He is, and where He is not.
TEXT: LUKE 24:1-6
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee, had come to seek “Where” Jesus’s body was laid. They needed to find Him in the place where they had left Him. The where question of where they had left Him, was critical in this moment. The angels greeting them there, asked, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” You’re trying to find the living among the dead. The “where” question you’re asking will not lead you to the living Jesus! The question Jesus today is asking, “are you looking for Me in the right place?” So in this moment, to the women, Jesus was lost to them! Have you ever lost something really important and you needed to have it? How worried you were? Especially if it was your child? You were looking in all the wrong places. Terrifying! There comes a point in everyone of a sound mind’s life when they ask, “Where” is God? And in that moment ..they can’t find Him. Even with those that know God, there comes moments when they in that moment God seemingly is not there. He hasn’t gone anywhere, but we may have done something, or interfered with “the access,” to finding Him. The critical thing is to know where He is not, and that I am where He is not, and I need to be where He is. God will always be found where there is life. He will not be found in the graves where dead bodies are found. When these women didn’t find Him there, they could have decided it was too hard to keep looking. You said He was risen, how would I know where He is? Unless He reveals Himself to me, I wouldn’t know where to look. Fortunately Jesus revealed Himself to the women, and later to His disciples, many others, and still today to those who seek Him. But you have to have a desire to know where He is, as opposed to where He is not. Just because a person has not located God yet, doesn’t mean God is not. Many today wrongly presume God is not, because they say “I have looked for God, and I haven’t found Him! I’ve diligently searched, using all my resources.” Therefore I conclude God is not, and doesn’t exist. Or they say, “He’s gone on a long vacation, and it doesn’t affect me,” ..because they looked and couldn’t find Him. Now this happens often to people, ..because yet there is something in the way that is preventing them from finding Him. And that they need to know also. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah had run from Queen Jezebel who sought to kill him, because He had killed 450 of her false prophets as God instructed. He hid far away at the entrance of a cave (like the women seeking Jesus also at the entrance of a cave), laying down first outside of it in his depression, and requesting to die. God sent Angels to minister to him nourishment . God told Elijah to stand then upon a mountain while he allowed a wind that rent the mountains, an earthquake, a fire, and then a still small voice. But the LORD was not in the wind, earthquake or fire. But God said “I’m not in any of those places, you are looking for me in all the wrong places, But I”M in the still small voice.
When we are looking for God, we need to know where HE is, and where HE is not! We will not find where God is, with our heart containing selfish motives, bitterness, malice, envy, and unforgiveness. Are you yet operating out of malice and anger? When you can’t find Him, you have to search your motives. God knows where we are, but we have to find Him. Those traits hinder us, and we then are not going to find Him. So why can’t we find Him, when we have things that God needs to take care of first. So don’t say, we can’t do anything about it so I’ll live with it, for God does have help for you, if you let Him help you. When we ask where God is, God will help us yet find Him on Holy Ground. That doesn’t make us Jesus, an angel, super christian, or set “the bar” too high. But God will not be found off Holy Ground, where those sinful motives are. If we only want to be free from those sinful motives, but not necessarily be on Holy Ground, usually that does not work! We need to have a motive to seek God, where He can be found, and Not where He cannot be found! It cannot only be about being delivered from your present malady. But ‘present’ where He can be found. It’s miserable to live with what God isn’t pleased with. But God’s mercy is not limited to just His good and pure led children. His mercy also extends to the unpure. In the Old Testament there was not yet mercy for sin, but only sacrifices that did not really deliver from it. But today there is a remedy and mercy! “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go. ……..”. Song of Solomon 3:1-4 If you ask “Where is God?” do you really want to find Him? He will only be found on Holy Ground, where His always is. Is God your beloved? We need to listen. If you want God more that anything, you will forsake sin, and will seek and find Him, on Holy Ground. He will give us clues to where we will find Him, if we are listening.
Where Is God?