The Omnipresence of GodPosted: September 5, 2009
Psalms 139:7-12 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.
No matter where the believer is in life, or what he is doing, God sees all things and knows exactly what it is he does. The believer can boast in knowing that God is always near to him.
So many times Christians think that God is in the heavens, far away – that He lives there and we are down here. What is sad is that even the believer rarely thinks about the truth in scripture that God is with His people. Rather, they are inclined to base their truth on their current experience alone. Therefore, if rough times come up and difficult situations occur, they think God is not watching; God can’t be there. Oftentimes believers forget that the eye of the Lord is upon them at all times, and that He is everywhere. This should be looked at and known, and boasted in so that the believer can know truths such as this to find satisfaction in God, who is always watching. The believer needs to remember this truth because of the fact that it lives out in the walk of a believer. It seems that even believers live a life in which they think they can hide from God. The believer so often tries to hide from God as Adam and Eve did after sinning – trying to hide in little ways. Still worse is that while in the act of sin itself the Christian even thinks he can hide at that given time! I must remind you, the believer, of Isaiah 59:2: “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Oh, how the believer must know this truth of the character of God, that He sees all things. For there is nowhere to hide from the all-seeing God, be it during the act of sin or after your sin has taken place. There is no deceiving or misleading the Lord of hosts who sits in the heavens and watches your every move. It is so important that we find hope in this truth, and not find it terrifying. In some sense, yes, we must live in the fear of the Lord, but we can also find this truth of God great to the soul. Knowing that we serve a Savior that never sleeps; One who is always aware of the acts which take place and watches them all.
It is crucial for the believer to understand that God’s nature is what makes Him unavoidable. It is not that God walks around and follows you everywhere you go, but the fact is that the believer – or any man for that matter – cannot escape the presence of God. The believer ought to boast in the fact that there is no place where he can flee to, and there is no place in which he might hide from God – and because of that, the believer can serve and praise God for His work which He does watching over His people. The believer’s mind tends to see this as if it is supernatural to God, but in truth, it is His very nature. This is why the believer must give God the praise of His character and the truth that lies in it, which He deserves. And although this is a hard concept to grasp, the believer must know it and stand in awe and praise their God who sees all things. For the believer, this is a great area to boast in because the comfort that it brings to the soul enables the saints to live on earth, and through eternity, knowing that they serve an all-seeing God who watches over His people.