The Bible does not teach that God is omnipresent, or present everywhere at all times, like some impersonal force. Rather, as Jesus' words found at Matthew 6:9 and 18:10 show, God is a person-a "Father"- and he resides in heaven, his "established place of dwelling."-1 Kings 8:43.
Toward the end of his life, Jesus said: "I am leaving the world and am going my way to the Father." (John 16:28) After his death in the flesh and resurrection as a spirit, Christ ascended "into heaven itself, now to appear before the person of God."- Hebrews 9:24.
These facts about God matter. Why? For one thing, because God is a person, we can learn about him and draw close to him. (James 4:8) For another, the truth about God protects us from false worship, such as the worship of lifeless images and objects. "Little children, guard yourselves from idols," says 1 John 5:21.