God shows up

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What does it mean when we say, “God really showed up!” We tend to say that from time to time when we’re in the middle of an awesome Christian concert or at a moving church service. It can be an expression used when you have a difficult conversation with someone, and it turns out positively. But, back to the expression. I mean, isn’t God everywhere? There is no place in all of creation where God is not present. He’s already showed up. Jeremiah 23:23-24  “Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?  Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? Declares the Lord.”

The phrase refers to a moment in time, in the middle of a situation, where we perceive that God has left us a thumbprint of the clear expression of His presence. We see in Scripture that God’s desire is for all mankind to see and experience Him in everything and everywhere. While talking with the men of Athens about the existence of God, Paul declares, “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[

The result of Paul’s argument in Athens was threefold. Some scoffed, some wanted to hear more, and “…Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.” Acts 17:34  I guess you could say, “God really showed up!”

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