Attributes of God- Part 3
Many people have done things in secret, thinking that no one would ever find out. They've thought that they'd gotten away with something, which if anyone knew about, they'd get in a lot of trouble. There are others who are lonely and feel that no one is there who cares or wants to be around them. They think that they have no one to talk with and share their lives with. In both of these scenarios, a knowledge of the omnipresence of God might make them act and think differently.
I. Definition of God's Omnipresence
When we say that God is omnipresent, we mean that He is present everywhere at the same time. Every place in the universe is inhabited by our God. That means that we are never really alone. God is anywhere and everywhere we can be or imagine. He's even in places that man cannot go or has not been yet.
II. Scriptural Evidence of God's Omnipresence
It was King David who wrote in Psalm 139:
"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, 'Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,' even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You." (7-12).
And it was the prophet Jeremiah who quoted the Lord God as saying:
"Am I a God who is near", declares the Lord, "And not far off?" "Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?" declares the Lord. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?"
These passages are clear that our God is indeed omnipresent. He is a God who is near at hand.
What a comforting thought to know that no matter where we are, our God is right beside us. He is not an absentee deity who cannot be there when we most need Him. We can count on Him to be at our side, in any and every situation that we are going through. We are never left alone to fend for ourselves.
But, as implied in the introduction, we cannot hide anything from Him either. It should make us pause before we do anything and ask ourselves: "Is this pleasing to God?" And, if God were sitting right beside us every moment of every day, would we do anything differently? Well, the truth is, God is there and he knows everything that we're doing.
A knowledge of the omnipresence of God should affect our lives. He is always there whether we acknowledge it or not. What a wonderful and mighty God we serve!
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