Is God Everything? A Boy's Question
A graduate student answers the question, "Is God everything?"
Question: Is God everything?
Wesley B. Houston, Texas.
Answer: While the Bible does not describe God as everything, it does describe God as everywhere. Psalm 139:7-10 sings, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." According to Ephesians 4:6, God is "above all, and through all, and in you all."
1 Chronicles 29:11, like the end of the Lord's Prayer, glimpses the awesome allness of God when declaring, "Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all."
The children of Israel often got into trouble because they followed their neighbors in worshipping nature as if it were God. The prophet Elijah, however, discovered that God is not in the earthquake, wind, or fire. Instead, Elijah experienced God as a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12) and helped others to understand the same concept. We do not worship everything as God, but we do appreciate the goodness of everything that God created. As Genesis 1:31 states, "God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."