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God is Omnipresent
July 2012

            God is omnipresent.  What exactly does that mean?  It simply means that God is everywhere all at the same time.  As I was doing this study on the omnipresence of God I came across many articles written by individuals with opposing views of this clear Biblical fact.  These individuals made no clear factual reference to support their conclusions only extremely weak arguments founded on the statement that they believe that poetical writings contain much literary license, which means that there is questionable truth not facts contained in poetical writings.  The main Biblical references these opponents are referring to can be found in Psalm 139:7-12 and Proverbs 15:3. 

          They obviously do not believe in the divine inspiration of scripture (2nd Timothy 3:16) and that God is all truth (cf. John 1:14, 17; 14:6, 17; 15:26; Romans15:8; Ephesians 4:21). These individuals obviously did no real study on the matter, for there arguments were based solely on there hatred toward God and the fear that if they acknowledge the truth of His omnipresence they would have to change their sinful ways. For if they truly wanted to know the truth they would have discovered many scriptures outside of the poetical writings reference God’s omnipresence.  The question must be asked and the answer contemplated; just how far will the sinner go to defend his lifestyle and his unholy suppositions?  The argument used regarding questionable truth in poetical writing because of literary license while at the same time ignoring all other scriptures on the subject is a good example of this. Here are but a few of the references outside the poetical writings that refer to the omniscience of God that perhaps these haters of God should look up, take seriously and repent of their evil ways.

*    Genesis 28:15-16“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it"

*    Deuteronomy 4:39“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, he is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.”

*    Joshua 2:11“When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

*    1 Kings 8:27“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!”

*    Isaiah 57:15“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

*    Jeremiah 23:23-24“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God 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?” declares the Lord.”

*    Amos 9:2-3 – “Though they dig into hell, From there My hand shall take them; Though they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down; (3) And though they hide themselves on top of Carmel, From there I will search and take them; Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea, From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them.”

*    Matthew 18:20“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

*    Matthew 28:20“Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

*    Colossians 1:17“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

*    Hebrews 13:5I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

          As stated before, the poetical scriptures targeted by these haters of God are Psalm 139:7-12 which says “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (8) If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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 fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; (12) indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You...” And Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

          David said in this passage in Psalms 139, that God's presence could not be evaded or escaped from, whether it be through space (verse 8), speed (verse 9), or darkness (verse 12).  In other words, nothing in the universe can hide a person from God.  In David’s statement found in verse 9 and 10 If I take the wings of the morning…even there Your hand shall lead me.” David is saying that if he were to travel from east to west as fast as the dawn breaks across the heavens it would not help him escape the presence of God; for when he finally got to the place he thought God could not find him, he would find that God was already there waiting for him.  How can one think that they can escape the all seeing, always present Almighty God.

          It is not unreasonable to understand why a finite mind can not grasp the immense possibility of an infinite God being ever-present no matter where one is in all of creation.  For “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.  It is too high, I cannot attain to it” David came to realize (Psalm 139:6).  God fills all of space every moment of time as is passes within His presence. God sustains everything (John 1:3, 10), and in doing so He gives all things including man purpose and value.  As you can see God is the master of time, space, matter as well as the past the present and the future.  God does not negate any of these; He transcends them for all of them are contained within Him.

          All created beings, including angels, can only be in one place at one time. Material things occupy some specific part of space, but do not occupy all space at all times. God created this universe and is therefore not subject to it nor limited by it according to 1st Kings 8:27 and Acts 17:24.  Simply stated God surpasses all of His creation and extends beyond it without end. The heavens cannot contain God. He was present outside the universe when He created it and still is.

          Brethren understand that omnipresence does not imply that God is spread out or diffused throughout the universe He completely fills the entire universe and all aspects of it all the time.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are fully present in every minute part of His infinite domain. God is everywhere and in all things simultaneously.  He is everywhere in His totality and with all of His perfect attributes.  Some poor twisted souls have come to call God’s omnipresence, Pantheism.  It is not!  Pantheists believe that the universe is God, or the system of theology in which it is, maintains that the universe is the supreme God.  God's omnipresence means simply that He is fully present everywhere in the universe, not that He is the universe. 

          God’s omnipresence is a documented fact. Even from the time of Abraham, people recognized that God was ever present and saw them wherever they went. For example, Hagar; who was Sarah's handmaid (Genesis 16:1; Genesis 21:9-10), whom she gave to Abraham as a secondary wife (Genesis 16:2). When she was about to become a mother she fled from the cruelty of her mistress Sarah, intending to return to her relatives in Egypt, through the desert of Shur.  Wearied and dying she reached the place she called Beer-lahai-roi which means “the well of the visible God,” where the angel of the Lord appeared to her.  She then called on the name of the Lord saying, You-Are- the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me? (Genesis 16:13).”  So from then on she called him, “The God Who Sees Me.”  Other Biblical examples are Jacob (Genesis 32:30), Moses (Exodus 24:10), Manoah and his wife (Judges 13:22), Job (Job 42:5), Philip (John 14:4).  These events span a period of time of approximately three thousand years.

          The fact that God is everywhere all the time throughout time is a constant source of comfort for believers. Wherever the believer may go, needing comfort, deliverance, help or protection they will find themselves living under the protection of the Most High and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.  “For I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 CEV, NKJV). There is no place where a believer can go to get away from God. His presence may be experienced at any time anywhere. God has promised the believer that He is with them always.  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2). 

          The universe that God created finds the Creator everywhere. He is everywhere present. There is no place that a person can hide and no chance that a believer will be out of His protective care. He is everywhere present in His works and in His divine attributes.  Man cannot escape the presence of God. “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves” (Job 34:21-22).  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2nd Chronicles 16:9a).

          For the sinner it would be good to remember that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).  Some people think that if they get out of line and commit wrong, God will not see it if they hide it well enough, but you can’t hide anything from God.  Remember what David the sweet psalmist of Israel said in Psalm 139:7-12“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 hand will lead me, and 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.”

          No matter how far you go, God is there.  God is in His heaven, God is throughout space, God is everywhere, even in the depths of the ocean and in the depths of the earth. You cannot hide from God!  The omnipresence of God should not only sober us up and make us realize that we can’t get away with anything!  But man is always accountable to God everywhere and anywhere, for God is not bound by space or time, and the person with a good heart never wants to lose or shake God.  Both darkness and light are the same to God; darkness does not limit or hinder His eyesight, His presence or knowledge (Psalm 139:11- 12).  He made them darkness and light (Genesis 1:4-5); He commands them.  There is no escape in them.  What a wonderful verse to share with sinners who often try to operate under the cover of darkness “The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight” (Job 24:15).  People who are rebelling against God and would be uncomfortable in a church service tend to forget that God fills all places.  God is fully aware of what is happening in the most irreligious and sinful settings, as well as what is happening in a church service.  It seems that some people act as if God stops at the door of the local bar and does not enter. How foolish are the thoughts of the unrighteous!

          God has unlimited jurisdiction.  No matter where you go God will see you and what you are doing and when He sees that your time is at hand He will repay you for your evil deeds.  Though they dig into hell, From there My hand shall take them; Though they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down; (3) And though they hide themselves on top of Carmel, From there I will search and take them; Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea, From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them; (4) Though they go into captivity before their enemies, From there I will command the sword, And it shall slay them. I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good. (Amos 9:2-4).  “Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off? (24) Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

May God richly bless you and keep you until next month.  Maria and I pray that all of you will enjoy the wonderful presence of our omnipresent God each day.

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