The Presence of God

Where is God? That’s the question we ask our children. Perhaps you have never thought about it. How would you answer? Would you say, “He’s up there”? Would you say, “He’s in heaven”? Perhaps, “He’s in my heart”? We teach our children to answer, “God is everywhere.”

Going Deeper

Psalm 139:7-12,

"Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

9 If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light about me be night,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you."

It is impossible to find a place where the presence of God is not. Jonah tried. And failed. Twice it is said in Jonah 1:3 that Jonah was fleeing the presence of the Lord. He found out though that sleeping in the hull of a ship in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea was not beyond God’s reach. In fact, God is not bound by geographical boundaries as man is. Time and space are not limiting factors for God as they are for you and me.

The theological term is omnipresence. “Omni” is a latin term meaning “all;” thus, “all present.” God transcends time and space. He’s everywhere. It’s really that simple.

What about Jesus? Jesus wasn’t everywhere at the same time. Often we see Jesus traveling from one town to the next. Jesus, the second person of the Triune Godhead, was limited in his humanity by time and space. But the Triune God is never limited. Where is Jesus today? In Acts 7:56, Stephen saw Christ standing at the right hand of God. The disciples saw Christ ascend to heaven early in the book of Acts (1:9). Jesus is with the Father in Heaven. Doesn’t Jesus live in my heart? Well, he does promise to be with you as you are going and making disciples (Mt. 28:20), but it is his Spirit, the third person of the Triune Godhead, that is with you. Jesus says in John 16:5 that he plans to go to the Father, but that he goes that he might send the Helper to you (Jn. 16:7). In Ephesians 1:13-14, Paul tells us that when God saved us we were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit of God that lives in you. In fact, you are his Temple (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). We are monotheistic, meaning that we believe in one God, but we believe that he exists in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible is clear about the presence of each person; but if you are confused, suffice it to simply know that God is everywhere!

So what does this mean for you? It means that you cannot hide from God. It means that you should not attempt to flee from God. It means that you will fail miserably when you try to escape God’s presence. There is a positive meaning too though. It means that when you feel lonely or isolated, God is there. It means that when it seems that the world doesn’t even know you exist, God does. No matter where you are, God knows, and he is there too.

Live in the knowledge and the comfort that God is everywhere.

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