THE OMNIPRESENT GOD
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?” Psalm 139:7

Another of the attributes God does not share with us is His omnipresence. This means God is always present, and there are no limits to His presence. He is everywhere at all times. He is not pantheistic, meaning God is not identical to the world or a part of everything. As the Creator, God is distinct from what He has created, but He is still involved with His creation and present everywhere in it.

There are specific locations in Scripture where God resides in a more obvious way. In the Old Testament, both the tabernacle and the temple were said to be God’s dwelling places, where God moved in among His people and spoke to them. Jesus went even further and spoke of His Father’s home in heaven. Before His death, Jesus told His disciples, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2). We may not be able to locate heaven in a physical place, but this is still where God has made His home.

We learn the truest sense of God’s omnipresence from David who asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) He recognized that we can try to hide in the highest heights, or in the depths of the sea or the darkest caves, but there is nowhere we can go where God is not already there.

It is a common practice of many people to pray, “Lord, be with us today,” especially on specific occasions like undertaking a difficult task or going for a job interview, but God’s omnipresence makes this an unnecessary prayer. God has already promised to go with us, and there is no situation we will ever face where God is not already there preparing the way. When we trust Him and work together with Him, we will see Him working in incredible ways wherever we go.

We might also wonder: “If God is omnipresent, why does He sometimes feel absent?” This is not an issue of God’s presence, but of us withdrawing experientially from Him. God never leaves us, but we might try to live independently of Him. When we do that, we miss out on the comfort and ease of walking with Christ. God is present everywhere, but our experience of His presence derives from our dependence on Him. When we walk with Christ, bringing Him into our everyday activities and seeking to bring others into relationship with Him, He promises to remain with all who believe “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, it is a privilege and blessing to be in Your presence. Help me draw on that presence and experience You in fresh, new ways that will deepen our relationship. Thank You, Jesus.


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