Where is God? Many people ask that question. When they find out it's cancer they ask, "Where is God?" When they lose their job right after Christmas, they ask, "Where is God?" When a love one dies they ask, "Where was God?"
The clear answer to the question is this: God is where Jesus is.
The people of the Old Testament knew where to find God. When they wandered in the wilderness for forty years, God was a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Later, God was in the Temple that Solomon built.
The people at the time of Jesus knew where to find God. The angels tell the shepherds to find God in a Bethlehem manger. John the Baptist tells the people that Jesus is the Lamb of God being baptized in the Jordan River. The evangelists tell the people that God is at a wedding turning water into wine, at funeral procession in Nain, at His own crucifixion nailed to a cross. God is not just anywhere. He is located where Jesus is located.
Where is God today? You may find this God-man Jesus Christ right where He promised to be. Jesus tells His apostles to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them everything I have given you” (Matthew 28:19). A promise is connected to this baptizing and teaching, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
God is located in the gift of Holy Baptism for you as Jesus promised. There He places His name upon you claiming you as His own child. There, God does not desire to curse you or suffer you any harm. Rather He desires to bless for you.
God is located in the gift of His Holy Word just as Jesus promised. There, He promises to do what what He says and give what He promises. Again, in the place where is promises are given, God does not desire to curse anyone. Rather, He desires to bless you with every good gift.
Where is God located for you? He is not far from you. He is located where Jesus Christ is delivering God’s Holy Baptism and speaking God’s Holy Promises. God is located in many churches in the greater Muscatine area. Let us go to one of those places and receive good gifts from God in Jesus Christ His Son.