Why God of Every Man?

While in jail, I listened to inmates talk about their criminal cases. They wrestled in their minds with their crimes and shared about how they would act differently when they were again free. Most admitted that they had violated man’s law, and God’s law if the conversation turned to Him, which surprisingly it often did.
In Christian circles it is common to talk about a personal relationship with Christ, meaning that if you have one you are a believer.
But God is never far from every person: “…for in Him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17:28a
In verse 27 of the same chapter Paul shares that same truth with the men of Athens that God “…is not far from each one of us;”
In addition to the fact that God is not far from us, every person has formed a belief about God. People will disclose what they believe about God if pressed on the question.
The Bible says even the unbeliever addresses God deep in his heart. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalm 14:1a
And again, though the unbeliever disobeys God, he acknowledges Him. “Yet they say, ‘The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob understand.’” Psalm 94:7
Each inmate was holding on to a view of God that defined his personal relationship with the Lord. Each man had developed an opinion of God.
Shortly after being freed, I shared my faith with one friend who, when I persisted, accused God of not showing himself clearly enough to be believed.
Like Spiderman in the movies, God should arrive as a hero to save the day often enough to be trusted, he said.
Romans 1 says God has provided men evidence of Himself.
“…because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Rom. 1:19-21
They knew God. And again: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,…” Rom. 1:28

God reaches out to each man on a personal level for in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
While in jail, and afterward, I was struck by how God shows Himself to men, as spelled out in Hebrews 1. In the NKJV, the first word of Hebrews is “God.” He has taken the initiative.
Men either obey the Gospel or reject it. “Therefore, to those who believe, He (Christ) is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” I Pet. 2:7
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36.
“…in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. 1:8

Men develop beliefs about their Maker during their lives. Those opinions make up their personal relationship with God. My views moved from indifference, to curiosity, to, by God’s grace, faith in Christ.
In another way, God is the God of every man. Every person exists according to the will of God, who is their Creator.
“And he (God) is not served by human hands, as if he needed any thing, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:25
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Rev. 4:11
“Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh…” Numbers 27:16a

Moses and Aaron in Numbers 16:22 said the same thing when they cried out, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh…”
God clearly displays Himself to every man. And God is the Creator and Sustainer of all men.
The question of God weighs heavy on the mind of every person until the end of their lives.
The Lord indeed is the God of every man.