Episode ThemeGod-Worshiping: God's presence and care are always with his children.
If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there. Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east and then cross over to the west where it sinks into the ocean. Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.
Is there any place that a person can go and that God can't follow? Time for a quiz called "Can God Go There?"
Question 1: During the storm, where did Jonah end up? Was God there? Jonah 1
Question 2: After a severe beating, where did Paul and his friend Silas end up? Was God there? Acts 16:16-40
Question 3: Who did Philip meet on a lonely, deserted road? Was God there? Acts 8: 26-40
Question 4: Where did Queen Esther live? Was God there? Esther 2
How did you do? In the middle of the terrible storm, Jonah told the frightened sailors to toss Jonah overboard. When Jonah was in the water, God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah and keep him safe! And Jonah worshiped God inside the fish. Yes, God was there.
Paul and Silas were tossed into prison after their beating. They were in the darkest, safest cell available. Their feet were in stocks. At midnight there was an earthquake. Paul used this whole experience to lead the jailer and his family to believe in Jesus. Yes, God was there!
Philip was teaching lots of people to know Jesus when an angel of the Lord sent him to a lonely road in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly an Ethiopian man in a chariot rode by. Philip told the man about Jesus and baptized him. The man continued to his own country, bringing the good news about Jesus with him. Yes, God was there!
Queen Esther lived in a palace in Persia – a land where her people had been sent into exile many years before. Life was fine until her husband, the king, signed a law that stated Jewish people could be killed on a certain day. Queen Esther had to change the king's mind and save her people all by herself. Before she attempted her rescue, she asked every Jew living in this Persia to fast and pray first. Then she went to the king, he changed the law, and the Jewish people praised God for his rescue. Yes, God was there!
Is there any place that God can't go? Absolutely, positively NO! God is everywhere. He even gives us his Holy Spirit to dwell in us and guide us. It's another reason to praise God today!