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October 6, 2019, 8:33 PM

Knowing God by Experience: God is... GOD IS!


A simple statement, really. GOD IS! But one that packs so much meaning. God is!

 

Consider the alternative. This earth could be nothing but a spinning ball of circumstances. Everything that is and ever has been must have evolved through a strange series of happenstance. No one is in charge and the world is headed nowhere. All of humanity would be headed to death and then the silent sleep of the dead.

 

We hear the question from children and even from adults who are bold enough to ask the driving question, “Who made God?” Faith answers simply, no one. God never needed to be made, because He was always there.

 

The Bible does not attempt to prove the existence of God. That He exists is assumed and proclaimed but not proven. God is not bound by the constraints of time or space but dwells beyond and apart from them. This week’s blog will address four descriptions of God that first proclaim and then define His existence.

 

GOD IS LIVING

God is characterized by life. His very name "I AM" (Exod. 3:14) indicates that he is a living God. Hebrews 11:6 says that anyone who "comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Thus, existence is considered a most basic aspect of his nature.

The nature of God as living is found in several Scriptures. Jeremiah 10:10 “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.”

 

Because God is living, we affirm that he is the ultimate source of all life. We live because God lives. He gives all our lives meaning because He lives. He neither needs us, nor is fortunate to have us. We are favored that the living God chooses us.

 

THE LIVING GOD IS ETERNAL

The first question arising from God’s existence is, “When did God come to be?”

 

The question is answered by the reality that God is eternal. The word means that He exists endlessly. As far backward and forward as you can look, you see God. There was never a time when He was not, and never will be a time when He will cease.

 

In a world controlled by clocks and calendars, where recorded years number in the thousands, the idea of eternity seems somehow impractical. However, if God were ever not, He would no longer be God. He would not be worthy of occupying the throne.

 

God is not limited or bound by time; with God there is no succession of events; He is above all temporal limitations. While creatures change, improve, and decline within time, God is all that he is in every part of time, always.

 

David proclaims this truth in Psalms 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

 

Praise the Lord that He is not bound by the limitations of time. Past, present, or future are one to Him. He is never the victim of the clock or the calendar. Accept this truth even if you cannot understand it. Because He is eternal, He can see all my life. He is present in every moment of our lives. Fully present.

 

THE LIVING GOD IS SELF-EXISTENT

The second question arises. People ask, “Who Made God?”

 

The quick answer to the question is, “No one.” God exists by reason of what He is in Himself. He is the great “Uncaused One.” He caused us to be, but nothing caused Him to be. He does not depend on anyone or anything else.

 

The skeptics and the philosophers say that every effect must have a cause. This is truth. If something is affected, someone or something had to be the cause. However, the assumption is that God has been somehow caused. This is a false assumption. Nothing or no one caused God to be. He is the great “effector.”

 

It is impossible for something to create itself. The concept of self-creation is a contradiction in terms. Nothing can be self-created. Not even God can make Himself. For God to create Himself He would have to be before He is. Even God can’t do that.

 

Consider the following passages.

  • Ex 3:14–15 (I am what I am.);
  • Job 22:2–3; 1 Co 8:6 (From whom are all things, and through whom we exist.);
  • Re 4:11 (Worthy, for you created, by your will.);
  • Ro 11:36 (For from him and through him and to him are all things.);
  • Ac 17:25 (As though he needed anything.);
  • Jn 5:26 (Father has life in himself.); Job 35:7

 

Trust the one who has always been. He is here today as He always has been.

 

THE LIVING GOD IS OMNIPRESENT

The final question about God being the living God is, “Where is God?”

This question arises often from a place of hurt. The difficult hours cause us to wonder where God is. We wonder if he is there.

 

We understand the God’s presence in some respects. Christians typically understand and proclaim that, “God is in my heart.” This is true but there is more.

 

Omnipresent is one of three “omni” terms used theologically. Omni is a word meaning “all.” Simply, the word means that God is all present. He is always everywhere.

 

God is everywhere present and is every portion of reality. He is always present and in all places with ALL His being.

 

Solomon understood this truth. He spoke about God’s omnipresence when he said, “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27)

 

David echoed this truth.

Psalms 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

 

God’s omnipresence brings comfort to us. We can be sure of God’s undivided attention no matter what the situation is. We don’t ever need to stand in line or make an appointment with God. Believe, really believe that God is there.

 

What can you do about it? Say these things to God:

 

  • I will accept what I cannot understand about God’s eternal nature.
  • I will accept that God is eternal, living, self-existent, and omnipresent. Therefore, He can see my whole life. Let that truth speak to you when you are facing temptation, when you need courage to face difficulty, or when the day is challenging. God is present, fully present in our day.
  • I will look forward to the day that I will join God in the realm of the eternal. One day you, too, will be beyond time. At that moment all the struggles and pain will fade away as will all clocks, watches, calendars, and planners. We will live in the realm of the eternal with God.

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