FALSE SECURITY IS CRUSHED BY FAITHFUL PRESENCE
Where is God? This is one of human beings’ most frequently-asked and incorrectly-answered questions. We are tempted to believe that evidence of God’s presence is found in outward circumstances. We equate good fortune with God’s favor and bad fortune with his judgment. So, as long as nothing terrible is happening, God must not be too angry with us, right? We are free to go on sinning. Such foolish assumptions must be crushed. Therefore, God must constantly remind us where he intends to be found—in the gospel. He makes himself present in Word and sacraments. Because he is always present, we realize the urgent need to turn away from the sin he despises. Because his presence is graciously hidden, we are drawn to him for forgiveness rather than driven away from him in fear.