“...so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being...” Acts 17:27b-28a
The attribute of God that we are going to be looking at today is God's omnipresence, meaning God fills all things, all the time. Why is it then that so much of the time our lives seem so far away from God? The reason behind that distant feeling has actually nothing to do with God and where He is, but it has everything to do with us and where we are at. At our core we are separate from God because of sin, and the sin that is within us leads us to a place where we seek the evil our nature is accustomed to instead of the godly character that is out of our natural reach.
The way that God allows for us to come close to Him amidst that divide is so profound, and yet to simple. Yet again we find the cradle of Jesus and the cross of Jesus the manifestation of God's willingness to share another one of His attributes personally with us, even in our broken and undeserving sinful state.
“...the sinner is so dissimilar to God that the distance is one of character, not space. God is not one inch away from the sinner. And yet He is far from the sinner...Human nature is so dissimilar to God's nature that it creates a remote, everlasting, unbridgeable gulf...How then can God and the human race ever come together?..God never compromises and comes halfway down. God stays the God that He is...We don't want God to compromise. We don't want God to wink at our iniquity. We want God to do something about it. What did he do about it? He came down and became flesh and became both God and man, sin excepted, in order that by His death He night remove everything out of the way so that man could come back. He couldn't come back if Christ had not come and died. But now because He came and died, He removed every moral obstacle out of the way so man can come home.” AW Tozer, The Attributes of God
As I was talking about yesterday in regards to the God being God from beginning to end, from before time into eternity, we cannot contain God within our limited view of a baby in a manger or our Savior on the cross. Jesus, while on earth, showed man, God manifest in countless ways and yet did so in such perfect orchestration that He did not compromise who He was for the sake of the world He came to show Himself to. Jesus came to bridge the divide, but not compromise the expanse.
“...God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them...” 2 Corinthians 5:19
We cannot make a bridge to God. God cannot make the fathom any smaller. All that can be done for us to be able to dwell in the presence of the Lord is for us to humble our hearts enough that we allow His bridge to come into our life. If God seems distant from you today, it is not because He has gone anywhere away from you, but instead you have allowed that bridge to loose its footing in your life. The cradle and the cross is your only footing, not anything you can do short of accepting them and living in communion with the God who offered them for your reconciliation to Him.