God is God. We can all agree on that, right? And in being God, He doesn't have to physically be anywhere, because He's spiritually everywhere. Everything. All at....yeah.
But what if he chose to take up physical space? As in, walking around the Earth. Sure, He did that when Jesus was on Earth, but I'm talking about in the Old Testament. We already know from Exodus that God physically walks the Earth.
But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”21 The Lord continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock.22 As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.23 Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”
I feel like this is important. Not just so my next point makes sense, but also because so many people think of God as just this invisible spirit that just stays in Heaven and never does anything. It's important to know that He does, in fact, take physical form.
Now, the reason I mentioned all of that, and the reason for the title of this post. When God flooded the world, certainly He must have noped out of here and waited it out in Heaven. Or was he? Let's see what Scripture has to say;
Genesis 7:1 NKJV
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation."
God told Noah to "come into the ark". You only say to "come" into some place if you are already there. Otherwise He'd have said, "Go into the ark". You probably noticed that I used New King James Version instead of New Living Translation. That's because most modern translation just change it to "go". But the original Hebrew was "בֹּֽא־" which translates to "come".
When it comes to Scripture, it really matters what the original Greek and Hebrew says, not what the modern translation says. Blue Letter Bible is amazing for that very reason.
Anyway, why does it matter that God said "Come into the ark" as opposed to "Go into the ark"? Because it means He was in the ark the whole time. He didn't abandon Noah and his family. I'm sure He wasn't sitting next to them in the main part of the boat. The ark was massive, so He could have been anywhere in there. He also could have had it to where they didn't even notice Him. Jesus was known to do that.
It reminds me of these verses;
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”