Did you ask that question as a child? Did you answer that question as an adult? We like the idea of having God in a safe place. In the heavens, seems to be a faraway place and emotionally removes God from my personal life. If God lived next door or across the street that could be problematic. Thank about it, if every day you went to work you found God in the next cubicle or driving the truck your crew was in, wouldn’t that upset things just a little.
What if every time you told a story or a joke you looked up and saw God standing by the recipient of your oral discharge? Imagine the difficulty it would bring to so many lives to discover God was actually on earth and not staying in heaven where we have placed him. How does the non-believer handle a God who is visible and everywhere he turns? If God was being seen on a regular basis, atheism would vanish, or would it.
The truth is, that God is not just sitting on his throne in heaven, wherever that is. No, the opposite is true. God lives next door, works next cubicle over, listens in on our conversations and peeks in on our personal lives. You can’t escape God because you live on earth. Going to the moon or Mars won’t help either. Hiding in the dark won’t work, neither will journeying to the ends of the earth. Reflect on the psalmist,
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
Does the psalmist think God is just sitting around heaven, minding his personal business, just waiting for the end, when he will show up to pass judgment? No, he sees God as he truly is. Many Native American religious beliefs saw God as being in everything and everywhere. They had God living all around them, in the trees and streams, in animals and clouds. Our system wants him to stay away and sit in his heaven. The Native Americans didn’t know as much about God as readers of the word do but they had that part right. God is ever present. He’s at church every Sunday whether you are or not. He’s also wherever you are if you aren’t in church on Sunday. He’s with you when you are giving out the cup of water in the name of his son and he’s with you when you are hording your assets for your own use.
The answer to the question of where is God is simply this. He is wherever we are. Wherever we go, he’s there and wherever we stay he is there. Sees all, hears all, knows all. Rather than fear that, learn to live with him, appreciate his presence, use his power and his grace. Whatever you do, don’t try to keep him in heaven.