WHERE IS GOD TODAY?
by paul hoffmaster
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As one studies the Old Testament, there is a visible presence of God that brings one into a sense of awe. Godís power is displayed throughout nature and in the lives of individuals. Follow the excursions of His interaction from the earthís beginning to the birth of His people, and their wanderings from the roads of obedience to their detours of self interest. In the New Testament, we see Godís presence in the form of His only begotten Son. We see miracles, signs, and wonders. God chose to adopt others into His chosen family because of the disobedience of His first chosen. We travel with Paul and Peter as they represent the Kingdom of God. Again, we see the evidence of Godís presence through the supernatural. Truly, the Bible displays Godís presence and workings. What about today? Instead of seeing the miracles and wonders of the Bible, we see the evidence that Satan is the dominant figure. We see more of his workings and seemingly less of Godís involvement. What is going on?
We have fixed our eyes on the outward instead of on the inward. We are looking with our eyes to see the supernatural. Our ears are tuned to hear of miracles and signs of Godís presence. Satan, realizing our sense oriented mind, chooses to display his powers and abilities. When we see the chaos he has caused, we have a tendency to withdraw to an attitude of pessimism and negativity. Due to our preoccupation with the things that are happening in the physical world, our God consciousness begins to wane. We long to see the God of the Bible return in a visible and audible way, but it seems to be only a fleeting hope. Why doesnít God show the world that He is God? Those witnessing Jesusí crucifixion challenged Him to come down from the cross and then they would believe Him. (Matt. 27:42) Today, we cry out that if only God would display His power, many would be saved. Where is God today?
God is alive and well! The problem is we are looking for physical, rather than spiritual, miracles. Today, God is working more inwardly than outwardly. We must start looking at heart changes instead of physical changes. The greatest miracles today are the internal changes that are evidenced by outward displays. The reason God is not manifested in a greater way is because Believers are not displaying a changed life. When we fail to show our changed character, we are in effect grieving the Holy Spirit. We are like the ďsecret serviceĒ that mingles with the people of the world. No one really knows who we are serving. Instead of looking for outward changes, why not look within? Remember when you faced that last big problem? Well, you are still here! Remember when you called out to God in the middle of the night with tears, wondering if you would survive the next day? Well, you are still here! Remember when your finances failed you? Well, you made it! Remember when that depression controlled your life? Who do you think carried you through? Shall I go on? All the wonders and signs we have witnessed in the Bible are there to bring our attention to Him. Now that He has our attention, it is time for us to start writing Acts 29 and bring attention to what He is doing in our lives! We are to be a living Epistle so the world can read about how God is alive today and is changing lives. The world has seen enough of Stanís workings. It is time for the seeking to find out what real living is all about.
Do you really need God to prove Himself again? Do you really need to see the signs and wonders of Biblical portions, just so you can satisfy your emotional cravings? God is still working today. We just have to learn where to look!
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