Where is God? Where does he live? Can you point in the direction where one might find him? There are those who believe that God is in every blade of grass, every leaf of a tree. But they may believe in an amorphous God that is everywhere in general but nowhere specifically. They may believe in a God who puts in appearances from time to time, but usually is somewhere else—especially when you need Him. One of Jesus’ disciples may have been thinking in these terms when Jesus told him:
He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will show myself to him. One of the disciples said, Lord, how is it that thou wilt show thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
We are not going to put in an appearance from time to time. We will live at your house. We’re going to move in. We will be at the table for every meal. When you are having a soak in the bathtub, we will sit nearby and we can have a talk. As humorous as that may sound, the relationship is actually closer than that. Jesus speaks of living, not merely with you, but in you. I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember that as often as I should. I really should not take Jesus to places he wouldn’t want me to go.