Where Does God Live?

When my children were young I would ask them this question, and they would answer, “He lives in my heart.”

If you attend church, you may feel closer to God there. If you golf, surf, camp, or spend a lot of time outside you could feel closer to God in nature. Wherever you seek him, He is there. “Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.”

God reveals himself in nature through general and specific revelation. General revelation is when we experience God in nature: when our senses absorb the sights and smells of the ocean, when we see a new-born baby, witness the majesty of a thunder storm, or cuddle a puppy, and can hardly contain our awe and thanksgiving to God, the creator of all.

In general revelation, God reveals himself by speaking directly to us. I’ve experienced this only once, when our daughter was extremely ill, and I was losing hope for her recovery. It was a very dark time for us. One morning, about 3 am, I was petitioning God, and in my prayer, I saw a vivid image of Jesus, surrounded by a very bright light. He was enclosed in a large glowing robe, which encircled our daughter as she lay on her bed. From the apparition of His brightness I audibly heard God say, “she will be completely healed.” Months later, she was. That was eleven years ago.

God is everywhere when we pursue his reality and explore the infinite riches of his being. A.W. Tozer writes, “put away all effort to impress, and come to God with the guileless candor of childhood.” Open your eyes to His wonders. God lives in your heart.


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