Where is God? This is a question that I fight with. The role God plays in this world is not a simple one but it addresses a fundamental need we have in understanding it. Is God continually active in this world? Does he care about who I am? Does he care about the state of this world? These questions must be viewed in light of scripture.

Scripture says:

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban Perez / Angel Gabriel’s Annunciation to Mary / 1655-1660 / Oil on canvas / source: Wikipedia

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
John 1.6
 
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
John 3.14-15
 
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4.19
 
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14.26
 
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  
John 16.7
 
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:9
 
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.
Exodus 3.13-15
 
God has a plan for the future – Jeremiah 29.11Matthew 24.1-51
God is in control even when it doesn’t look like it –  Job
 
An advocate is active in pleading your case; they stand up for you and defend you. God’s story is filled with examples of how he has future plans for individuals as well as all creation. These are just a few direct verses that talk about God actively working in our world. The world he created despite man’s inability to live up to his greatness. Over the course of human existence we have proven our inability to raise ourselves up to God yet he continues to come down to us. Despite falling short of the glory of God, he cares for us so much that he comes to us, “and they will call him Immanuel” (Matthew 1.23). 

Today it is popular in Christian writing to look at fixing ourselves and how to overcome our shortcomings. More often than not they talk about how we must not judge others because it hurts them, or they look at how true faith is serving the less fortunate, or they examine how to have a better you. These ideas push Christ out and raise man up. They fail to look at the fact that “I once was lost but now am found” for it is only through his amazing grace that a wretch like me is saved.  They fail in seeing that Christ came to save the lost. Christian Deism is the belief that Christ is merely a good moral teacher and it rejects his divinity as well as the need for a saviour. Claiming to be Christian but relying on our own “goodness” contradicts the very nature of what it is to be a follower of Christ. Am I a Christian deist? In my wretchedness I am, however, it is not God who is distant but me. I often choose to reject his active presence in transforming my life and settle for his good teachings. It is only by God’s active saving work in this world that hope, faith, and love can be seen (Galatians 5.13-26).